Germany: Development assistance still below target


27/10/2010 - Germany has been one of the world’s largest bilateral donors for the past two decades, but it spent only 0.35% of its national income on official development assistance (ODA) in 2009. This is well short of its promise to raise the proportion to 0.51% by 2010 and to 0.7% by 2015. However, Germany intends to keep its promise of increasing ODA to 0.7% of GNI by 2015.


Germany’s global importance as a donor is well recognised and the review encourages it to go further in providing strong international leadership on development issues in the future. The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) commends Germany’s leadership on issues related to climate change and development, noting that the government has integrated the issue into its development co-operation programmes and increased climate-related ODA by 40% in the past few years.


Since the DAC last reviewed Germany five years ago, it has made good progress in many areas of its development co-operation. It now works closely with 57 developing countries, down from 84, and plans to focus on governance, education, health, climate and environment, rural development and sustainable economic development, with an increased emphasis on the private sector.


However, Germany gave only 40% of its bilateral ODA to these countries – increasing that would maximize its development impact. Prompted by the DAC, the government has approved plans to reform its fragmented development co-operation system and it has also taken steps to improve the co-ordination of its ODA.


The DAC urges Germany to go further and faster with these planned reforms to achieve greater efficiency and ensure more effective delivery of its ODA. This will strengthen Germany’s contribution to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially in sub-Saharan Africa.


The peer review of Germany, led by Australia and the United Kingdom, took place on 13 October 2010. The German delegation attending the review meeting was headed Mr. Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


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