It's Official: Germany Merges 3 Aid Agencies

In a bid to implement aid initiatives more efficiently, Germany has merged its three aid agencies into a streamlined development body, earning applause from political parties, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel approved March 24 the plan to merge the German Technical Cooperation, German Development Service and Inwent Training Agency into one, a move aimed at reducing waste of Germany’s aid budget and reduce role overlaps.

Set to be implemented in 2011, the merger is also expected to downsize the three agencies’ current 16,000-strong workforce, but Aid Minister Dirk Niebel has yet to release estimates, saying details will be available later this year.

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    Tarra Quismundo joined Devex Manila as a staff writer in October 2009 after more than six years of working as a reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a nationwide daily, for which she covered major breaking news in politics, military, police and international affairs. Tarra's Devex News coverage focuses on key Asian donors and top aid officials around the globe.