“Away from the watering can”: Development Minister Müller wants to reorganize German development aid – it should withdraw from many poor countries.
EDevelopment Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) is planning to withdraw German experts from many partner countries. In his house, this is considered to be the largest structural reform in twelve years. Germany is currently directly active in around 85 countries, either through the Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) or the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). This form of cooperation is to be ended in around a third. “The new concept means that we are withdrawing from bilateral development cooperation in various countries,” the minister confirmed when asked. “We are moving away from the watering can and are working increasingly with our bilateral cooperation where our commitment makes a difference and partners implement reforms,” said the CSU politician of the FAZ Implement governance, uphold human rights and fight corruption with our support ”.
The exit list that the FAZ has received includes Burma, Nepal and Sri Lanka in Asia, Burundi, Sierra Leone and Liberia in Africa and Cuba, Haiti and Guatemala in America. The minister did not want to comment on the individual countries. The work on the new list of countries is considered largely completed. The partner countries, the Federal Foreign Office and the parliamentarians were included. But changes are still possible in one case or another. The list is part of the new “BMZ 2030” concept that the minister intends to present by the summer.