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Federal budget 2017

Big increase in BMZ budget

Addressing crises, giving people on the ground a better future

Trainee in a vocational training centre supported by German development cooperation in Kigali, Rwanda

Press release of 11.11.2016 |

Berlin – Thanks to the increase in its budget for next year, which has now been approved by the budget committee of the German Parliament, the BMZ will be able to reinforce its activities in a number of important fields. This includes, above all, efforts to address the refugee crisis within and around Syria and to give young people in Africa a better future. Next year, the BMZ's budget will increase by more than one billion euros, reaching a total of about 8.5 billion euros. This is a 15 per cent increase over 2016 levels.

Minister Müller said, "Through this 2017 budget, the German Parliament is sending a clear signal that international crises cannot be resolved without contributions from development policy. We have already demonstrated that development policy can make a quick impact. Through our cash-for-work programme, we have already created 40,000 jobs in the context of the Syrian crisis. But new answers and increased efforts are also needed in Africa. There, we focus on vocational training and improved capacity in the agricultural sector."

Increase in ceiling for BMZ budget from 2010
to November 2016 (settlement session for the 2017 budget)
(billions of euros), as at 11.11.2016
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Increase in ceiling for BMZ budget from 2010 to November 2016 (settlement session for the 2017 budget) (billions of euros), as at 11.11.2016

With its 2017 budget, the German government is again moving closer towards its goal of investing 0.7 per cent of gross national income in development policy. Over the current legislative term, the development budget has risen by some 2.2 billion euros (35 per cent) (see figure).


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