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Mother with child in the village of Kabunyata, Uganda.

Why do we need development policy?

Today, our lives are much more inter­con­nect­ed with those of people living on other con­ti­nents than ever before. We have many ad­van­tages be­cause of that. How­ever, it also means that we have greater re­spon­si­bil­i­ty than pre­vious generations, because the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ty is facing challenges for which it needs to find global solutions. Radical changes need to be made – at global level and as soon as possible. Germany is taking on its re­spon­si­bil­i­ty for that. more


Germany's contribution to achieving international development policy objectives

A world in which everyone can live a self-determined life in freedom, a world without pov­er­ty, violent conflicts and en­vi­ron­men­tal de­gra­da­tion – in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment policy has set itself the goal of coming closer to this ideal. No state can settle the burning issues of today on its own. That is why the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ty has marked out stages on the road to achieving jointly defined de­vel­op­ment goals in a number of agreements and treaties. They set the frame for global de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion and, of course, Germany’s contribution. more


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