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A new quality of cooperation

Development Ministry unveils "BMZ 2030" reform strategy


Federal Minister for Development Gerd Müller

Press release of 29.04.2020 |

German Development Minister Gerd Müller says regarding the Ministry's "BMZ 2030" reform strategy:

"It is more important than ever that those of us working in the field of development policy are able to offer new solutions to address the issues of the future. Our BMZ 2030 reform strategy constitutes a comprehensive overhaul, 12 years on, of German development policy, in order to achieve increased effectiveness and efficiency in terms of both measures and the deployment of funds.

At the heart of the BMZ 2030 reform strategy is a new quality of cooperation. We are calling on our partner countries to provide measurable evidence for the progress made with regard to good governance, observing human rights and fighting corruption; this is not a new request, but we are insisting more emphatically.

BMZ 2030 also sets out new responses that we have developed in order to address the topics of the future such as climate protection, sustainable supply chains, making use of digital technologies and technology transfer, and comprehensive health and family policies. In the case of "One Health", for instance, the important aspect of human and animal health will be expanded with a dedicated unit being set up that we are calling Global Health/One Health.

As the coronavirus crisis has also shown, in an age when the global exchange of goods and global travel are extensive and well established, our lives, our economies and our jobs are hugely vulnerable to incalculable and hitherto unseen dangers. The challenges involved are dramatic, not just for us but also for the poorest people living in developing and emerging countries, who are feeling the effects far more than we are.

We cannot now simply return to the normality of globalisation. Coming out of the coronavirus crisis there also needs to be a rethink, with an eye to the megatrends we are currently experiencing; we must forge new paths - new ways of doing business, new ways of fighting climate change, new ways of halting the loss of forests and biodiversity, and new ways of addressing global population growth."

The main points of the BMZ 2030 reform strategy

"In order to address all of these topics as effectively as possible, we are now reorganising our cooperation:

  1. With BMZ 2030 we are putting more emphasis on our partners' own efforts and on the implementation of reforms. We are calling for our partner countries to achieve concrete progress on issues like good governance, observing human rights and fighting corruption. With that in mind, we are developing more comprehensive reform programmes and priority area approaches whilst reducing the number of individual projects overall.
  2. We are introducing new partnership categories, in order for example to be able to cooperate more strategically with global partners on protecting global public goods. Or in order to be able to provide support effectively, quickly and flexibly in crisis situations.
  3. We are instituting a shift in the nature of our cooperation in a number of partner countries. This is about achieving more efficiency by concentrating on focal topics. For example, the development that some countries have experienced in recent years means that, happily, they no longer need our support.

It is important to note that we are not ending our cooperation with any of our partner countries, we are merely changing the way we cooperate with them.

Until now the Development Ministry was engaged in direct bilateral cooperation with about 85 partner countries. We are now reducing this form of cooperation. In countries that will no longer receive direct official development assistance in the wake of the reform process we are, however, simultaneously working to strengthen the work done by the EU and multilateral institutions, the churches and civil society; and we are promoting private-sector investment. To this end we are coordinating with other donors, for example the EU or France, on the ground, in order to target the deployment of our resources more specifically, thereby avoiding duplication and increasing the effectiveness of our efforts.

All measures within the framework of direct official cooperation will be brought to an orderly close. We will, moreover, continue to provide support in emergency and crisis situations in all countries.

In view of the coronavirus pandemic, we will also continue our direct official measures in all countries where we are currently engaged in the health sector."

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