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Development and cooperation with Germany

Development cooperation today means global structural and peace policy. You will find solution approaches on this website.

Entwicklungszusammenarbeit: afrikanische Kinder in der Schule
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Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) works towards greater democracy and human rights all over the world. The Ministry’s goals include the fair distribution of resources, finding peaceful solutions to conflicts and providing for a stable food supply.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Established in January 2011, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) brings together the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (German Development Service – DED), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (German agency for technical cooperation – GTZ) and Inwent – Capacity Building International, Germany. The GIZ is a federally owned enterprise which supports international cooperation for sustainable development. Carrying out refugee programmes, dispatching aid workers, providing mediation and conflict guidance or managing reconstruction measures: whatever the need, the GIZ supports people and societies in more than 130 developing, transition and industrialized countries.

Germany with the United Nations in New York

The third largest contributor, four times member of the Security Council: the Federal Republic is one of the key pillars in the United Nations (UN) which now consists of 193 member states. The organization’s existence and further development are key elements in Germany’s multilateral foreign policy.

Research for Sustainability

Key points of “sustainable, environmentally-friendly development” include the combating of poverty and the preservation of the environment and biological diversity. For us and for future generations, new technologies must be developed which benefit human beings and enable us to maintain our quality of living.

Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research

Exploring peace means understanding the reasons for strife and conflict. Identifying a situation of conflict early can contribute to avoiding that conflict. This is the task that the Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research (HSFK) has dedicated itself to since it was founded in 1970.

Bonn International Center for Conversation (BICC)

Peace and development: these are the key topics of the Bonn International Center for Conversation (BICC). The researchers at this independent non-profit organization advise politicians and involved actors to help reduce violent conflicts and find peaceful solutions throughout the world.


The KfW Bankengruppe, originally set up to fund the rebuilding of the German economy after World War II, today focuses on development finance. Together with the DEG – German Investment and Development Corporation – the KfW Entwicklungsbank promotes sustainable progress in developing and transition countries.

OSCE – Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

When this body addresses the question of security, then the European Union speaks with one voice. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the continent’s most comprehensive organization relating to security policy. With its 57 participants it is also the only organization in which all the states of North America, Europe and the successor states to the Soviet Union work together. The members of staff are engaged in “field missions” from the Balkans to Central Asia.

World Health Summit

Health is more than the absence of illness and disabilities. The World Health Summit will be addressing the physical, mental and social wellbeing of all people. Since 2009 leading international researchers, physicians, politicians and stake holders in the healthcare system have been meeting to discuss global strategies for better medical research and individual healthcare.