Help for BMZ website users

Browser/device compatibility and monitor resolution

This website has been optimised for use with Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 (upwards), Firefox (current version) and Chrome (current version) with a resolution of 1024x768 pixels. If you are using an older browser, some of the graphics may not be displayed properly.

For a list of web browsers, you can check sources such as the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia, see here.

The BMZ website is also accessible on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.


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

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

Accessibility of PDF files

Most PDF files offered by the BMZ in its "Publications" section meet accessibility standards. (PDF stands for Portable Document Format.) PDF files that conform to German government regulations on IT accessibility are marked "accessible".

If specifically requested, non-accessible PDF files can be made available in accessible format.

Search within the website

Input field for search terms

At the top of every page of this website you will find a search bar on the right where you can enter your search term. Start your search by clicking on the magnifying glass icon or hitting "Enter" or "Return". Hits will then be displayed on your page. If the hits do not meet your expectations or if there are too many hits, you can limit your search or try a new search term in the field above the hit list.

To refine your search, click on "Limit search to". This will show you a range of options to make your search more specific. Among other things, this will give you the option of searching within BMZ publications only, so that you can find specific publications.

My binder

Your binder is like an online shopping cart for BMZ content. Pages saved in your binder can be downloaded in PDF format or printed immediately. To that end, all the content you choose will be collated into a single document.

This is how it works:

If you want to add content from the BMZ website to your binder, click the "My binder" button at the bottom of the page. By clicking "Add to binder", you can add the page to your binder. Pages that do not have an "Add to binder" button cannot be saved.

View of the Add to binder options at the bottom of the page

BMZ publications, too, can be saved to your binder.

Here is an example:

View of how to add a publication to your binder

For an overview of your entire binder portfolio, click on the "binder" button below the text and choose the link "Open binder". This will give you a list of all the content you have selected.

Here is an example:

View of binder with documents selected by user

You can either print the documents you have chosen or download them in PDF format. Of course you can always add more content to your binder or delete content from it.

You can save a maximum of 20 documents in your binder. To delete a document, click on the "x" at the end of the respective line in the overview. If you would like to delete all documents from your binder, click on "Delete binder".

Please note that in order to use the binder, your browser needs to accept cookies. These cookies will not be permanently stored on your computer. They will be deleted after the download of the document or when you close your browser. So please remember to download your binder before you leave the BMZ website or close your browser. Refer to the section on "Using cookies" to find out how to change the cookie settings in your browser.

Selecting and playing videos

To start a video on the BMZ website, click on the arrow for "Play".

To view videos on the BMZ website that come from other sources (such as videos from TV station archives or from YouTube), use the video controls provided there. Usually, the controls can be found in the bottom part of the window in which the video opens. Generally, video controls follow the same system across different sources. Here you can find a description of video controls, using a YouTube video as an example.

Steuerungsleiste eines YouTube-Videos

In the bottom part of the video window, you can find a bar with various options to control the video. You can start and pause the video there. (The "pause" icon consists of two vertical lines which appear in place of the "play" arrow once the video is started.) To access the next video in the list, click on the icon consisting of an arrow and a vertical line. By clicking on the loudspeaker icon, you can change the audio volume.

Further controls are an icon for showing or hiding subtitles, a cogwheel for adjusting video settings, and an icon to change the display mode (in this case, a rectangle).

To expand the video to full screen, use the icon depicting four corners on the far right. To exit full screen mode, click on the icon again or press the escape key.

You can also use the timeline (in the example, this is a red line on a grey background) to jump to any point in the video.

Videos: audio description (in German)

ad_off ad_on If an audio description of the video is available (in German), you will find this or a similar icon. These icons can be found on the right side of the video player toolbar. To activate or deactivate audio description mode, click on the appropriate icon.

Using cookies

If you want to order BMZ publications or use the binder (see above), you have to enable cookies. However, data will only be stored temporarily and will not be passed on to other servers.

All other website content can be accessed without JavaScript or cookies.

To enable or disable cookies, select Settings in your browser. Browsers are usually configured to accept cookies by default.

For detailed information on this, go to the support pages of the relevant software providers. For example,

  • click here for Google Chrome
  • click here for Firefox
  • click here for Internet Explorer

Viewing and storing PDF documents

In order to open or view PDF (Portable Document Format) documents, you will need a special program on your computer. Suitable programs include Adobe Reader, which is available free of charge, and Foxit Reader.

There are many 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 to the PDF document.

If your browser does not support the software, or if you would like to store the document directly on your hard disk, right-click your mouse to select Download (if you work with Windows), or hold the mouse depressed (if you work with Apple). You will then be presented with the menu "Save target as ...". Use this to choose the folder on your hard drive to which you want to save the document.

Acronyms and abbreviations in texts

The first time an acronym or abbreviation appears in a text it is normally accompanied by the full name.

The second time it is used, an HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language) attribute will be used without any explanation of the abbreviation. 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 may be used without the attribute or expanded form.

Here is an example: "The World Health Organization (WHO) has its headquarters in Geneva. WHO has 193 member states. WHO is the most important UN specialised agency in the health sector."

For acronyms and abbreviations listed in the glossary, a link to the glossary is shown the first time they appear in a text. The second time they appear, an HTML attribute will be used.

Acronyms and abbreviations that have become part of everyday language (such as "UN" in the example above) are not explained, and no HTML attribute is used.


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