Reform strategy “BMZ 2030” (as at June 2020) Our partner countries – a new quality of cooperation

It is more vital than ever for development policy to offer a new response to major challenges: a growing world population, increased consumption of resources, climate change. And also the negative aspects of globalisation, such as growing inequality, environmental degradation and precarious working conditions.

That is why we need a change of thinking and a change of direction. In that context, development policy, which is a cross-cutting task for the policymaking of the entire government, has a key role to play, in line with the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

Country list for the BMZ’s bilateral official development cooperation

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That is why in June 2020 the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development drew up a comprehensive package of reforms entitled “BMZ 2030”. The aim is to focus development measures and funding even more strategically, effectively and efficiently.

Cornerstones of the new form of cooperation with partner countries

  • At the heart of the BMZ 2030 reform strategy is a new quality of cooperation. We are calling on our partner countries more than before to provide evidence of progress made on good governance, human rights and fighting corruption. The key to development is for partners to act on their own initiative. We are forging reform partnerships with countries that are particularly reform-minded and providing them with extra support.
  • We are concentrating the number of areas we work in and putting a new focus on areas such as the climate, health and family policy, sustainable supply chains, harnessing digital technology, technology transfer and strengthening private investment. Yet, as ever, the overarching aim remains overcoming hunger and poverty in the world.
  • We are introducing new partner categories; this will allow us, for example, to work with partners more strategically on protecting global public goods like the climate or the rainforests. Or to deliver even more effective support to people in conflict and refugee regions.
  • We are transitioning to a new kind of cooperation. Some countries have, happily, developed in such a way that they no longer require our direct support. Yet others have made no progress on reform. That is why we are adjusting the number of partner countries with which we engage in direct, official (i.e. governmental) cooperation, reducing it from 85 to 60.
  • It is important to note that we are not ending our cooperation with any of our partner countries. We are changing the way we cooperate with them. So in countries where official direct development cooperation is being brought to an end, we will be supporting the work of the churches and civil society, of the EU and multilateral institutions and promoting private investment.

Way forward - ensuring sustainability

  • All measures currently being implemented will be brought to an end in a responsible manner. We are currently working with our partner countries on tailormade plans for ending the projects and handing over to other players, such as the EU, the World Bank, other donors or civil society.
  • The BMZ will continue to support all developing countries through the work of civil society, churches, political foundations and also in cooperation with the private sector and through the EU and multilateral institutions.
  • And where people are threatened by hunger and hardship, we will continue to support them whatever country they are in.