Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is responsible for formulating the principles and strategies of German development policy.

These then form the basis of the cooperation projects and programmes developed together with our partner countries and with international organisations.
The Development Ministry plays an active role in international negotiations and seconds members of staff to work in international organisations and in partner countries. Within Germany, the BMZ supports the general public, non-governmental organisation, churches, foundations and businesses in their efforts in the development field.
 
The Ministry’s work is scrutinised by the Bundestag, the Lower House of the German parliament. The Bundestag Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development has special responsibility for this particular area of policy.
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