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The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development's website has been designed to conform to German government regulations on IT accessibility.

The relevant regulation can be found here (in German only).

All content is accessible without the use of Java Script and cookies; the font size can be altered as required.

Accessibility of PDF files

Not all PDF files are currently available in an accessible format. Those that do meet German accessibility regulations are marked "accessible".

All BMZ publications put online as PDF files since May 2007 meet accessibility requirements.

Search within the website

sucheAt the top of every page of this website you will find a search bar on the right where you can enter your search term (confirm using "Enter" or "Return"). The number of hits will then be shown. You can use the blank search bar to restrict your search if you have too many hits or to enter a new search term.

The "Publications" section has its own search function to allow you to select publications and documents from the range available.

Selecting and playing videos

videoplayer Below the video window is a toolbar with controls that can be used to start and pause the film. In addition, you can use the time bar to jump to any point you want in the video. The symbol at the right can be used to change to full-screen mode; to exit this mode either click on the symbol again or press the ESC key. At the right of the toolbar is the volume adjustment for the video and also the control to switch the sound off.

Videos: audio description (in German)

ad_off ad_on This symbol, which can be found at the right of the video player, is used to indicate whether, in addition to the video, an audio description (in German) is available. By clicking on the appropriate symbol the audio description can be activated or deactivated.

Videos: sub-titles (in German)

cc_off cc_on Sub-titles (in German) are available with some videos. If that is the case then just click on the "CC" icon, which is also to the right of the video player, to activate or deactivate the sub-titles.

Using cookies

This website requires cookies in order to make use of the full range of functions. However, the data collected is only stored temporarily and is not passed on to other servers.

In order to accept cookies please proceed as follows:

In Microsoft Internet Explorer click on "Tools" and select "Options" from the menu followed by the "Privacy" tab. Move the slider to choose your preferred setting from the six offered: Block All Cookies, High, Medium-high, Medium (default setting), Low and Accept All Cookies. Choose the setting "Medium" and click on OK to confirm.

In Firefox click on "Tools" and then select "Options" from the menu followed by the "Privacy" panel. The option "Accept cookies" must be activated in this window. Finally click on OK to confirm the new setting.

Viewing and storing PDF documents

In order to open or view PDF documents, you will need a special program on your computer. Suitable programs include Adobe Reader, which is available free of charge, or Foxit Reader. There are lots of other programs that can be used to view PDF documents. A range of free programs are available for download at

Once you have installed the PDF reader, you can view the documents directly in your browser, by selecting the link. If your browser does not support the software, or if you would like to store the document directly on your hard disk, use the right-hand button of your mouse to select download (if you work with Windows), or hold the mouse depressed (if you work with Macintosh) and select "Save target as ..." from the context menu.

Acronyms and abbreviations in texts

The first time an acronym or abbreviation occurs in a text it will generally be explained in running text.

The second time it occurs an HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language) attribute will be used without any explanation. The HTML attribute enables screen readers to read out the expanded form instead of the short form. Modern browsers highlight acronyms and abbreviations that have attributes; the expanded form can then be accessed by moving the cursor over the short form.

In the rest of the text the acronym or abbreviation will be used without the attribute or explanation.

For example: "The World Health Organization (WHO) has its headquarters in Geneva. The WHO has 193 member states. The WHO is the most important UN special organisation in the health sector."

For acronyms and abbreviations listed in the glossary, a link to the glossary is shown the first time they occur in a text, the second time they appear they are given an HTML attribute.

Acronyms and abbreviations that have become part of everyday language (such as UN in the example above) are not explained or given an HTML attribute.


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