In September 2017, Germany held general elections. The three parties of the governing coalition – the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian Sister Party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) – all lost votes. The process of forming a new government is lengthy, with no clear outcome predictable at the moment of writing (November 2017).
The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) entered the Bundestag for the first time ever – as third largest parliamentary group after Christian Union and Social Democrats; the Liberal party (FDP) re-entered the parliament; the Green and the Left Party achieved approximately the same results as in 2013.
A change in leadership of Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is possible. Until the government has been formed, Dr. Gerd Müller (CSU) remains Acting Minister. The 2018 budget will only be passed once a new government has been formed.
Policies & funding
Funding from Germany to SRH/FP increased in 2016 to over €55 million, an increase of 7% compared to 2015. Funding to UNFPA core increased in 2016, whilst funding levels for a range of organisations / initiatives was sustained. The last commitment was made in May 2016, where the government made commitments to FP2020 by pledging €514 million until 2019 to SRH/FP, with 25% of bilateral funding to be dedicated to FP. The formation of a new government is underway in late 2017 and could potentially impact future budgets.
Funding for BMZ’s Initiative on Rights-Based Family Planning and Maternal Health remains at €100 million per year until 2019. The initiative has three thematic goals: (1) improving knowledge on and acceptance of modern family planning methods; (2) expanding access to modern family planning methods and services; and (3) increasing the number of births attended by health professionals.
Germany became a more vocal actor on SRHR during the negotiations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This was also reflected in Germany’s Voluntary National Review under the High Level Political Forum in 2016.
- Here you can find more information on Germany’s policies, programmes and projects in the health sector.
- Marshall-Plan with Africa (2017), including a statement that Germany will enlarge BMZ initiative for the training of skilled health workers and training on family planning and maternal health.
- Report of the German Government to the High-Level Political Forum in July 2016 (2016)
- A strategy paper on “Germany’s development policy”
- Sector Strategy: German Development Policy in the Health Sector
- Health and Human Rights
- Policy Paper: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and Population Dynamics
- Fact Sheet on the BMZ Initiative on Rights-based Family Planning and Maternal Health
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