In 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 but decided to continue their collaboration. After a lengthy process of forming a new government, it took up its work in March 2018.
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.
Minister Dr. Gerd Müller (CSU) remains in charge of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The 2018 budget was only passed in June 2018, the 2019 budget was passed in November 2018 and includes significant increases for SRH/FP.
Policies & funding
Total SRH/FP funding from Germany in 2017 was €37.2 million, remaining stable. Core UNFPA funding increased from €22 million in 2018 to €33 million in 2019. The last financial commitment to SRH/FP 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.
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. It has not yet been decided if the initiative will continue beyond 2019.
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 and in UN fora such as the Commission on Population and Development (CPD). In October 2018, Germany joined the SheDecides Initiative.
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)
- Germany’s contribution to the G8 Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Progress report 2011 – 2015 (2017)
- 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)
- Fact Sheet on the BMZ Initiative on Rights-based Family Planning and Maternal Health (2015)
- Sector Strategy: German Development Policy in the Health Sector (2009)
- Health and Human Rights (2009)
- Policy Paper: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and Population Dynamics (2008)
Updated January 2019
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