• Germany

    Context

    Over the last years, the leadership of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has continued its support for sexual and reproductive health as well as family planning. Minister Dr Gerd Müller (CSU) remains in charge of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Parliamentary State Secretary Dr Maria Flachsbarth (CDU) is a She Decides champion. General elections will take place in September 2021. Both Minister Müller and Ms. Flachsbarth have announced that they will not run again. Due to the weak support for the current governing coalition, the election forecasts are very unclear on which party constellations might govern from 2021 to 2025.

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    Policies & funding

    Total SRH/FP funding from Germany in 2019 was over €68 million, increasing from €45.5 in 2018, an increment of around 50%. Core UNFPA funding increased from €33 million in 2019 to €70 million in 2020. The last international financial commitment to SRH/FP was made in 2019 during the Nairobi Summit, where the government pledged €100 million annually for the BMZ Initiative on Rights-based Family Planning and Maternal Health until 2023. 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.

    Furthermore, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BMZ budget for 2020 was significantly increased, including additional core funding for both UNFPA (€30 million) and IPPF (€3 million).

    In 2020, the BMZ started a structural reform process “BMZ 2030”. In this process, it declared family planning as one of ten ‘initiative themes’ on which the Ministry will continue its bilateral cooperation. 

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    Internationally vocal

    Germany has become a reliable supporter of SRH/FP for all in the international arena. In 2018, Germany joined the SheDecides Initiative. During the Nairobi Summit in 2019, Germany further demonstrated its political and financial commitment to realising SRHR of all. As part of the 25th anniversary commemoration of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 2020 and within the framework of the “Generation Equality”, Germany announced to co-lead the Global Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights. This is a five-year commitment to contribute to accelerated progress on gender equality.

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    • Key Documents

    • BMZ 2030 Reform Process (2020)
    • Here you can find Germany’s commitments during the Nairobi Summit (2019)
    • Here you can find more information on Germany’s policies, programmes and projects in the health sector.
    •  Handbook on Population Dynamics in German Development Cooperation (2018, in German)
    • Progress Update on the BMZ Initiative on Rights-based Family Planning and Maternal Health (2016)


    Updated January 2021

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