Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development


Aims: Priority areas of German development cooperation

The aim of development cooperation is to give people the freedom to shape their own lives, by making their own decisions and taking responsibility for them, without suffering material hardship. With this aim in mind, the German government is seeking with its development policy to help make globalisation an opportunity for all. The sectors that German development cooperation will focus on in particular in the future will be education, health, rural development, good governance and sustainable economic development. The guiding principle in all efforts is the protection of human rights.

For more information visit following website: www.bmz.de/principles


A timetable for a better future

A world without poverty, armed conflicts or environmental destruction – this vision brought together 189 heads of government in New York in September 2000. In their Millennium Declaration they set out eight goals to improve the lives of millions throughout the world.

Eradicating poverty, combating hunger and illnesses, education for everyone, supporting democracy and peace, realising human rights and gender equality, protecting the environment and natural resources: all these ambitious goals can only be achieved if the world community works together.

The German federal government supports these aims and is aligning its development cooperation to the Millennium Development Goals. In their realisation German development policy is guided by three principles: reducing poverty - promoting equitable forms of globalisation - building peace. Find out more about the priority areas of work and the issues being faced.

For more information visit following website: www.bmz.de/issues


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