Local government employees in Ouad Naga, Mauritania

Core area “Peaceful and inclusive societies” Increasing transparency, strengthening human rights

In order to increase political stability in Mauritania, Germany is supporting the democratisation process in its partner country and helping to improve governance.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is therefore supporting, in particular, the development of public finance systems, decentralisation and the human rights dialogue. In the future, displacement and migration will be an additional focus area of the Ministry’s work. Mauritania is hosting more than 62,000 refugees from neighbouring Mali (as at the end of 2020).

Public finance

Germany is helping Mauritania to digitalise its financial administration, for instance. The public treasury and the municipalities, for example, are now using a joint financial management system.

Decentralisation

The BMZ is supporting selected municipalities in the decentralisation process, helping them make their systems more needs-oriented, develop land registers, increase public revenue and improve the range of municipal services available.

In addition, Germany is promoting the creation of an internet platform that collects data on the municipalities’ administrative, economic and social situation and makes it available to the public. This platform shows the progress made on achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (2030 Agenda).

Transparency

Germany is also supporting the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Mauritania. The aim is to achieve diversification in the mining sector with a view to increasing value creation and creating new jobs.

Human rights

The Mauritanian government is making great efforts to enshrine human rights standards in its national legislation and political strategies. Germany is supporting government and civil society actors who are working to realise these formalised rights. The support is focused on fighting violence against women, promoting decent working conditions, strengthening the rights of refugees and displaced persons and promoting media freedom.


As at: 31/03/2021