International Cooperation Budget to Be Cut Again by One Billion Euros

The planned federal budget for 2025 provides for a reduction in the budget of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to 10.3 billion euros - around one billion euros less than in 2024. The Federal Foreign Office's humanitarian aid is also to be cut significantly. The International Federation (IB) supports the demands of the Association for Development Policy and Humanitarian Aid (VENRO) and appeals to the Bundestag to reverse these cuts.

Not least through investment in education and poverty reduction, crises - including flight and displacement - in the Global South can be prevented or at least mitigated. The same applies to the climate impacts in poorer countries, which are primarily caused by industrialized countries. However, this requires more money, not less.

IB is implementing projects in Rwanda, Egypt, Kosovo, Albania, Ghana and Morocco, among others, with funding from the BMZ

Since 2022, no other country in the world has reduced its spending on development cooperation and humanitarian aid as much as Germany. "Committing to international cooperation also means investing in Germany's security. Measures such as international climate protection, food security and the protection of human rights are measures for sustainability. If Germany pushes through the planned cuts, it will not only harm the entire planet, but also massively damage its standing in international politics," explains Thiemo Fojkar, Chairman of the Board of the Internationaler Bund (IB).

With funding from the BMZ, the IB implements projects in Rwanda, Egypt, Kosovo, Albania, Ghana and Morocco, among others. The aim is to improve living conditions in poorer countries.

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