Germany’s coalition government under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel was elected in September 2013. It consists of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian Sister Party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is led by Dr. Gerd Müller (CSU). The next federal election will take place in September 2017. According to the coalition treaty, BMZ has identified five key sectors of German development cooperation: rural development, gender equality, education, protection of natural resources, and crisis and conflict.
Policies & funding
In 2015, German ODA increased from 0.41 per cent of GDP to 0.52 per cent. This was mainly due to government’s decision to count in more costs for refugees in Germany than in previous years. In 2017, the budget of the development ministry is likely to increase by approx. €600 million to roughly €8 billion. However, there is no concrete government plan to reach the 0.7 per cent goal before 2030.
Germany is one of the largest bilateral donors in RH/FP and has a long tradition in this field. Major financial and political commitments were made during the 2010 G8 summit in Muskoka, which included a pledge of €400 million. More than half of this pledge was channeled through BMZ’s Initiative on Rights-Based Family Planning and Maternal Health. The initiative was initially planned to end in 2015, but Minister Müller announced in January 2015, that it would continue with €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 National Voluntary 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.
- Report of the German Government to the High-Level Political Forum in July 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
- Updated October 2016
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- European Institutions
- United Kingdom