Budget cuts will hurt Germany's aid goal

Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel said that while he respects the German’s parliament decision to reduce the 2013 aid budget, the country would “no longer be able to live up to the goal to which it had committed itself.” Photo by: Ryan Rayburn / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

One of Europe’s top donors has had a significant cut in its aid budget for 2013.

The German Parliament has reduced to €6.3 billion ($8 billion) the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s budget for next year. This is a far cry from the previously planned budget for the ministry, which was at €6.42 billion, and slightly lower than this year’s €6.38 billion allocation.

It is not yet clear which countries and sectors will be affected by the cuts, as the parliament will still have to confirm the budget next week, BMZ’s Katharina Mänz told Devex in an email.

The parliament “has chosen different priorities for the 2013 budget,” Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel said in a press release. “I respect the Parliament’s decision. But I would like to note that Germany will no longer be able to live up to the goal to which it had committed itself.”

Germany was the second-largest donor among member countries of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation Development in 2011, next to the United States. But the European donor has yet to reach the United Nations’ target of spending 0.7 percent of gross national income on aid. Its official development assistance for 2011 was only 0.4 percent of GNI.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.