German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
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 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.
The BMZ does not have the usual substructure of government agencies. For the execution of its projects it commissions what are known as implementing organisation. These organisations then work with executing agencies in the partner country concerned, which are selected by the government of that country.
The German government is actively engaged, in close cooperation with the international community, in combating poverty, securing food, establishing peace, freedom, democracy and human rights, shaping globalisation in a socially equitable manner, and preserving the environment and natural resources.
Development cooperation is one of the most important instruments for achieving these goals. The German government regards it as an imperative of humanity and of reason. Development cooperation guarantees a future for people in developing countries – and thus for everyone else, too.See more