Newsletter 2 | 2014

Traditional annual reception: Development Minister Müller meets ambassadors from 80 countries
Minister Müller with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Manmohan Singh
German Development Minister Gerd Müller visits the "Streetfootball World" project at Za'atari refugee camp

Current development policy
News from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Dear Readers,

In his first speech in Parliament in his capacity as German De­vel­op­ment Minister, Dr. Gerd Müller outlined his policy for the next four years. He noted that, in view of the world's global challenges, de­vel­op­ment policy was not a niche policy but had a central role in politics. "It is a policy for the future, a policy for peace, and for domestic affairs," he said. The Minister announced that this year he would be drafting a national Charter for the Future entitled "One World – Our Responsibility".

In February, he visited India together with German President Joachim Gauck. On the way back, he stopped in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, for his first visit to the African Union headquarters. In order to gain an impression of Germany's response to the refugee crisis, he also travelled to Jordan in February, where he visited a refugee camp and various de­vel­op­ment projects.

Other im­por­tant issues in the BMZ's work over the past few weeks were the Israeli-German intergovernmental consultations in Jerusalem and the appointment of Thomas Silberhorn as the BMZ's new Parliamentary State Secretary. Read more about this in this newsletter.

Your BMZ Internet Editors

First visit to AU headquarters

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, with German Development Minister Gerd Müller

German De­vel­op­ment Minister Müller visits African Union

In early February, German De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller visited the headquarters of the African Union in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. "Notwithstanding all challenges, Africa is a continent of opportunity, and a focus of my agenda. That is why it was par­tic­u­lar­ly im­por­tant to me to pay a visit to the African Union early on," the Minister said.

He had a meeting with AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, during which the two agreed several flagship projects in the areas of vocational education, ag­ri­cul­ture, and renewable energy and energy efficiency.

They also discussed the stabilisation of Africa's crisis regions. "The African Union needs to be empowered even more to prevent and stop violence and civil wars on its own re­spon­si­bil­i­ty," the Minister said. He said that increasing support for African intervention forces was just as im­por­tant here as expanding crisis prevention capacities and stabilising state institutions.

In addition to his meeting at the AU, Minister Müller also had talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. This year, Ethiopian-German de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Middle East

German Development Minister Gerd Müller during his visit to Za'atari refugee camp, shown with the camp's director, Kilian Kleinschmidt

Müller visits refugee camp in Jordan

According to United Nations data, Jordan has so far taken in about 615,000 refugees from Syria. In mid-February, Minister Gerd Müller visited Jordan in order to gain an impression of Germany's response to the refugee crisis. Among other things, he visited Za'atari refugee camp, a Jordanian com­mu­ni­ty that is hosting numerous Syrian refugees, and German de­vel­op­ment projects with a focus on education and water supply.

"Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt are coun­tries to which we owe great thanks and respect for their efforts in hosting millions of Syrian refugees. They have set an example by taking people in who were in severe distress, and they are reaching the limits of their capacity. We will therefore increase our support in the area of water supply and sanitation and make a contribution to UNICEF's efforts to set up schools and provide psychosocial care," the Minister said.

During a meeting with Ibrahim Saif, Jordan's Minister of Planning and In­ter­national Co­op­er­a­tion, Minister Müller therefore committed 15 million euros for continued support in the area of water supply and sanitation. Germany is also providing 10 million euros in support of UNICEF's No Lost Generation initiative.

In brief

German Development Minister Gerd Müller and Indian Finance Minister Chidambaram after the signing of two agreements on development cooperation

Renewable energy agreement

Germany and India will be reinforcing their co­op­er­a­tion in the area of renewable energy. In Delhi, German De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller and Indian Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram signed two agreements to that effect, covering a volume of almost 900 million euros. Almost all of this funding is being provided to India in the form of loans. Müller, who was accompanying German President Joachim Gauck on his visit to India, also had a meeting with women's rights activist Kamla Bhasin and visited a project for street children in Delhi.


Signing ceremony for the agreement on trilateral cooperation at the Israeli-German intergovernmental consultations in Jerusalem

Expansion of trilateral cooperation

At the Israeli-German intergovernmental consultations in Jerusalem, German De­vel­op­ment Minister Müller signed an agreement between the BMZ and Israel's de­vel­op­ment authority MASHAV on the continuation and expansion of their co­op­er­a­tion. "Together, Israel and Germany have set themselves the objective of helping to achieve the Millennium De­vel­op­ment Goals, par­tic­u­lar­ly in Africa. In that endeavour, Israel and Germany are pooling their specific competencies in what we call 'triangular cooperation'. And successes on the ground show very clearly that this is an innovative model for the future," Müller said.



German Development Minister Gerd Müller and new Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn

Thomas Silberhorn becomes new Parliamentary State Secretary

On 18 February, Minister Gerd Müller bid farewell to his former Parliamentary State Secretary Christian Schmidt, who had become Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture. Simultaneously, he welcomed Schmidt's successor, saying: "Thomas Silberhorn is a Parliamentary State Secretary who is a great expert on European and foreign policy. So we continue to have a strong team at the BMZ, a team that is working with great commitment to address the global challenges of the future."

New South-North component of the weltwärts programme: Minister Gerd Müller welcomes the first volunteers

South-North exchange
Volunteers service "weltwärts" expands its programme

In future, the de­vel­op­ment volunteers service weltwärts will also make it possible for volunteers from de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and emerging economies to serve in Germany. "Two-way exchange under the weltwärts programme will foster contacts between young people who want to make a difference, and it shows that de­vel­op­ment policy is not a one-way street. The idea is to meet as partners and learn from each other," German De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller said at the launching event at the BMZ.




Photo gallery

Photos of the Minister's visits to Ethiopia and Jordan and of his annual reception for ambassadors in Berlin (captions in German)

BMZ glossary

Close window


Share page