The Middle East and North Africa

Building bridges between Europe and the Arab world

States in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion partners for Germany for many years, due to their global political sig­nif­i­cance and geo­graph­i­cal proximity to Europe. Ger­many is cooperating with a total of eleven coun­tries in the region. Its aver­age an­nual com­mit­ments for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion of 400 mil­lion euros make Ger­many the second-largest donor there after the USA. The MENA region stretches south of the Med­i­ter­ra­nean Sea from Morocco to Egypt, and east of the Med­i­ter­ra­nean from Yemen to the Gulf states and on to Syria and Iraq. The high rate of pop­u­la­tion growth is a major chal­lenge for coun­tries in the region, many of which suffer from resource scarcity and rising unemployment. German de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion in the region is a con­tri­bu­tion to the long-term peace policy of the German gov­ern­ment. The priority areas of co­op­er­a­tion are geared to the region's core prob­lems and most sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment potentials: water, energy, sustainable economic de­vel­op­ment and education.

This map does not necessarily reflect the official position of the German government in terms of international law.

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