An extra two billion euros for development
New challenges require reinforcement of development cooperation, notes Minister Müller
Berlin – "Our grand coalition is sending a strong signal by providing an extra two billion euros for development cooperation. The challenges in our world are not getting any smaller, given 50 million refugees, civil war, hunger and suffering in the world, and the fact that the global population is growing by 200,000 people each day," Dr Gerd Müller, Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, said, commenting on the latest Official Development Cooperation (ODA) statistics, which had just been released by the OECD in Paris. According to these figures, Germany's ODA ratio has declined slightly, to 0.37 per cent.
Minister Müller said, "The Coalition Agreement expressly states that we will stick to the goal of providing 0.7 per cent of our gross domestic product for development, and I am pleased that there is a consensus about this across party lines. Development cooperation is becoming more and more important. In addition to humanitarian assistance, reconstruction work and development cooperation in countries such as Afghanistan, Syria and Egypt are of enormous importance for Germany in terms of foreign, security and economic policy."
The ODA ratio reflects the share of official spending on development in gross national income. ODA includes development-related contributions from the German federal government as well as from Germany's federal states and municipalities. Funding provided by the BMZ for advisory services and for investment purposes is included in this, as are, for example, the costs of higher education for students from developing countries in Germany, which are covered by the federal states.
For more information about ODA statistics, visit http://www.bmz.de/en/ministry/InDetail/index.html on the BMZ's website.
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