Sign saying “Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development” in front of the Berlin office of the BMZ. Copyright: BMZ


The Federal Ministry for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (BMZ) is headed by the Minister, Dr Gerd Müller, the Parliamentary State Secretaries, Dr Maria Flachsbarth and Mr Norbert Barthle, and the State Secretary, Mr Martin Jäger. more

Structure and organisation

There are around 1,000 people working at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). About 66 per cent of the positions are based at the Ministry's Bonn office, while the others are at the Berlin office. A certain number of staff at the BMZ – currently around 120 persons – are regularly seconded from the Ministry for a few years at a time to carry out development policy assignments in various parts of the world. more


Freedom and security for all; a life without poverty, fear and environmental destruction – to move a little closer to this goal, that is the aim of Germany's development policy. The guiding principles of Germany's development cooperation will be protecting human rights and fostering the developing countries' sense of ownership and ability to help themselves. more

Working approach

When Germany provides a developing country with a low-interest loan, when German experts advise the government of a partner country on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) or when private German organisations carry out projects in developing countries, these are all approaches involving direct development cooperation between Germany and its partners. Besides engaging in such bilateral development cooperation activities, Germany is also involved in activities for the benefit of the developing countries at the international level – for example, through the EU's development policy and by supporting international organisations such as the United Nations. more

Facts and figures

Here you can find information about the budget of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the ODA quota, and the transparency strategy. more


The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) regularly commissions independent experts to carry out evaluations of the measures being funded by the German government in order to monitor the progress and success of Germany’s development cooperation activities, and to detect undesirable developments in good time and learn from them. more

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