Newsletter 3 | 2014

Panel discussion at the launching event for the dialogue on the BMZ Charter for the Future with German Development Minister Gerd Müller and other panellists
Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, Parliamentary State Secretary in the BMZ, at a symposium about the definition of new global development goals
Imam Omar Kobine Layama; Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui; Federal Minister Gerd Müller; Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou, President of the Evangelical Alliance in the Central African Republic
State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn with representatives of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) network

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

Dear Readers,

The BMZ is inviting you to join the debate about the future priorities of German de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion. The idea is to forge a policy that addresses environmental and economic aspects and the social, cultural and political challenges of our times. To that end, German De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller launched a public dialogue in early April entitled One World Charter for the Future. Read more about this in our Newsletter.

There are also reports about two trips to Africa that Minister Müller took in March, as well as short news items on matters that were im­por­tant in the Ministry's work over the past few weeks and some other items.

We wish you pleasant and enjoyable Easter holidays.

Your BMZ Internet Editors

Join the debate!

Logo of the ONE WORLD – Our Responsibility Charter for the Future

ONE WORLD – Our Responsibility

In 2015, a number of important decisions will be taken concerning global development. We are reaching the target year for the Millennium Development Goals, and the international community will be adopting a new roadmap for sustainable development on our planet.

Germany, too, has a lot of responsibility for charting the right course for future development. That is why, in early April, German Development Minister Gerd Müller launched a broad public dialogue about the priorities of German development cooperation. In his launching speech, he said: "We need to design globalisation in such a way that it benefits the people. Markets need rules, and power needs limits. Sustainability must be the guiding principle for all development and, in fact, for all our actions."

You are invited to join the debate about the Charter. Raise your voice and share your ideas!

We want to know about the conditions under which our food and our clothes are produced. That is why fair trade is very high on my political agenda.

Gerd Müller
German Development Minister

Minister Müller visits South Sudan and Mali

German Development Minister Müller visiting a camp for internally displaced people in South Sudan

Assistance for refugees, efforts to boost the agricultural sector – successful development policy fosters peace

From 26 to 28 March, German De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller visited South Sudan and Mali.

His visit to South Sudan, which has been suffering under renewed civil strife since December 2013, focused on assistance for the people who were displaced by the fighting. Müller committed 10 million euros in German de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion funding for immediate assistance for the refugees via the World Food Programme. Following a visit to a refugee camp, the Minister was shocked by the desolate conditions under which the approximately 70,000 people are living. Müller said, "Even though we have had to suspend our long-term de­vel­op­ment projects in South Sudan because of the violence there, we must not leave the refugees to fend for themselves. Through our de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion instruments, we can give them new hope for the future."

In a meeting with President Salva Kiir, Müller called for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. He criticised the serious human rights violations that had been committed by all parties.

Minister Müller then travelled to Mali to be briefed about Malian-German co­op­er­a­tion. Following visits to various projects and a number of political talks, he came to a positive conclusion, saying: "Germany's de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion activities in Mali are bearing fruit. Although riven by conflict, Mali has the potential in future to feed its people itself. And we are happy to help it do so."

During his visit to an ag­ri­cul­tur­al research centre, Müller launched the first of ten green innovation centres in Africa. These centres are intended to foster the entire ag­ri­cul­tur­al value chain – from planting all the way to the final product on the table.

Minister Müller said, "By strengthening Mali's ag­ri­cul­tur­al sector, we are not only helping to fight hunger. We are also helping to offer young people in rural areas a brighter future. This is key to providing stability in Mali and very much proves that successful de­vel­op­ment policy is also peace policy."


Photo gallery

Photos of the Minister's visits to South Sudan, Mali and the Central African Republic (captions in German)

In brief

Federal Minister Müller with Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar

Federal Minister Müller meets Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

"I feel very honoured to welcome Aung San Suu Kyi to Germany – almost exactly two years after the EU lifted its sanctions against Myanmar, paving the way for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion once again. An advocate of non-violent democratisation, Aung San Suu Kyi has contributed considerably to the country's process of opening up," Gerd Müller said.


Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn

World Bank Meeting
Thomas Silberhorn calls for systematic implementation of World Bank reform course

At the World Bank Spring Meeting in Washington from 11 to 14 April, Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, called on the Bank to sys­tem­at­ically continue the reform course on which it had embarked. "What is decisive is that the World Bank continues along the path to a socially and en­vi­ron­mentally sound world economy," Silberhorn said.



View of the Earth from space

IPCC Report
Climate change jeopardises poverty reduction efforts worldwide, says Müller

The new report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) notes that the effects of cli­mate change can already be felt worldwide. If carbon emis­sions continue unabated, there is a growing risk of pov­er­ty, hunger and conflict over dwindling re­sources. "We are facing a tremendous challenge for the future. We want an end to pov­er­ty and hunger worldwide. At the same time, however, we need to safeguard the vital natural resource base of our planet – the whole of creation. The crucial question is whether we will man­age to halt climate change and adapt to it," Minister Müller said.


Minister Müller, Dagmar Wöhrl and French Development Minister Pascal Canfin in the Central African Republic

Minister Müller visits Central African Republic
"We are not willing to accept that people are starving and being killed in the middle of Africa"

German De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller was the first member of the German gov­ern­ment to travel to the Central African Republic in the current situ­a­tion to gain an impression of things on the ground. He visited the coun­try together with Dagmar Wöhrl, chairperson of the German Parliamentary Committee on Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment; the French Minister Delegate attached to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, De­vel­op­ment Minister Pascal Canfin; EU De­vel­op­ment Commissioner Andris Piebalgs; and Erik Solheim, chair of the OECD's De­vel­op­ment Assistance Committee (DAC).



The BMZ's new policy
The first 100 days under Development Minister Gerd Müller

Traditionally, the work of a new minister is scrutinised for the first time when he or she has been in office for 100 days. We are providing a summary for you of the specific actions that the BMZ has launched during the first few months under the leadership of its new minister, and of the vision that guides our work.

More transparency
BMZ expands its IATI reporting

Which projects is the BMZ supporting in, say, Burkina Faso, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe? The answer to this question is just a few mouse clicks away on the in­ter­net. At the end of March, the BMZ again published a set of data and information on more than 6,000 on­go­ing, recently completed and newly planned projects in all its partner coun­tries in machine-readable form based on the standards of the In­ter­national Aid Trans­par­en­cy Initiative (IATI) and the Busan transparency agreements.



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