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Federal Minister Gerd Müller and Bill Gates at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Munich

Development policy is the best peace policy

17.02.2017 - German Development Minister Gerd Müller and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, together want to work towards adding a new dimension to development cooperation. To that end, they signed an agreement that will lend fresh impetus to the achievement of the goals contained in the 2030 Agenda. In particular, they want to foster economic development in developing countries, giving more people access to a bank account and to credit so that they can build a livelihood. more

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"The Arab world in 2017: German development policy following the Arab Spring" – Speech by Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn at the German-Arab Friendship Association in Berlin

15.02.2017 - Ladies and Gentlemen, six years after the Tunisian vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, the Arab world is still in a state of turmoil. The initial hopefulness has waned. War, terrorism and displacement dominate the headlines and have also – unfortunately – come to define our image of this region. Yet the Middle East and North Africa are cradles of the world’s human culture and civilisation. more

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