Structure and organisation
There are 1,025 people working at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). About 66 per cent of the positions are based at the Ministry's Bonn office, while the others are at the Berlin office. A certain number of staff at the BMZ are regularly seconded from the Ministry for a few years at a time to carry out development policy assignments in various parts of the world.
The BMZ does not have the usual substructure of government agencies. For the execution of its projects it commissions what are known as implementing organisation. These organisations then work with executing agencies in the partner country concerned, which are selected by the government of that country.
Senior Ministry officials
The BMZ is headed by the Minister, Dr. Gerd Müller, the Parliamentary State Secretary, Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, the Parliamentary State Secretary, Thomas Silberhorn and the State Secretary, Dr Friedrich Kitschelt.
The German Chancellor's G8 Personal Representative for Africa, Günter Nooke, reports to the political leadership of the Ministry.
The BMZ carries out a multitude of tasks. These include planning and programming German development cooperation, cooperating with civil society and the private sector, cooperating with partner countries and with multilateral organisations, and carrying out development information and education work. Detailed information about the work of the BMZ can be found here.
The Ministry is divided into five directorates-general, which are responsible for the various tasks. A detailed organisational chart with further information about the work of the individual directorates-general and divisions can be accessed by clicking on the link in the column to the right of this text.
Ministry officials abroad
BMZ employees do not only work in Berlin and Bonn; the BMZ and the Federal Foreign Office second officers to work in the field of economic cooperation in partner countries and international organisations. Their role is to coordinate development activities. 106 BMZ employees are currently working in this capacity either in German foreign missions or at international organisations.
The BMZ has employees seconded to the following embassies: Accra, Addis Ababa, Bamako, Beijing, Belgrade, Bishkek, Brasília, Cairo, Colombo, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Hanoi, Islamabad, Jakarta, Kabul, Kampala, Kathmandu, Kigali, Kinshasa, La Paz, Lilongwe, Lima, Lusaka, Managua, Maputo, Nairobi, New Delhi, Ougadougou, Phnom Penh, Pretoria, Rabat, Ramallah, Sanaa, Tegucigalpa, Tbilisi, Windhoek, Yaoundé.
The BMZ also has representatives in the permanent German missions at the following international institutions: the United Nations (Geneva and New York), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris), the European Union (Brussels), the Food and Agriculture Organization (Rome), the World Food Programme (Rome), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Rome).
The BMZ also has staff on the boards of the World Bank and the African, Asian, Inter-American and Caribbean Development Banks.