BMZ Wants ‘Out of the Box’ Ideas on Development, Creates Innovation Advisory Body

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, or BMZ, has formed an advisory council that will provide the ministry with ideas for innovative policies.

    BMZ said the creation of its Advisory Council on Innovation represents one of its new policymaking tools, which also include seeking public participation in general discussion of the ministry’s new development policy concept.

    The members of the council are a mix of professionals from various sectors, namely journalist and television presenter Sabine Christiansen, women’s footballer Nia Künzer, actress Marion Kracht, BMZ policy and foreign relations director Ulrich Post, actress and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Katja Riemann, economist Jens Romaus, German Institute for Human Rights Director Beate Rudolf, and film director Tom Tykwer. According to Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, state secretary at BMZ, such a composition “should provide the most fertile ground for truly innovative ideas.”

    Beerfeltz said in an Oct. 18 news release: “With the help of the Advisory Council on Innovation, we will be taking development policy more into mainstream society. We shall break with old patterns of thinking and instead think ‘out of the box’, as they say, and leave behind well-trodden paths.” 

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