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Funding for German development cooperation

Sustainable development requires time, knowledge, and money. Welthungerhilfe works to end poverty and hunger through effective development cooperation, which is worth every euro of tax money spent.

Richard Haep Team Policy and External Relations

Money alone cannot stimulate development, but without it development cooperation and emergency assistance are impossible. That is why the United Nations agreed decades ago that all States should spend 0.7 percent of their gross national income on development. So far so good.

How does Germany stand in comparison to other countries? Which other agreements and obligations does it have? Who is receiving funds? How is the money spent? And most importantly of all, is the desired impact being achieved?

Welthungerhilfe examines these and other questions systematically and with a critical eye. It has been analysing the development policy of the German government for many years, uncovering gaps and errors and proposing concrete improvements through personal conversations, public debates, and the annual publication “Compass 2030".

Welthungerhilfe keeps an eye on development policy.
Welthungerhilfe keeps an eye on development policy. © Welthungerhilfe

In this publication, Welthungerhilfe calls on the federal government to finally increase actual development aid to 0.7%, and stop including expenditure on refugees in Germany, which makes up more than a quarter of calculated spending. This is because only money that arrives in the country can help to boost agriculture and create viable health and education systems in poor countries, or resolve hunger crises.

Welthungerhilfe also denounces the fact that less and less money is going to the poorest countries or benefiting the most vulnerable population groups. When the government claims to spend 1.5 billion euros a year on food and nutrition security, we want to be able to prove it; more transparency is required. We bring our experience from hunger-reduction projects to bear in the debate.

Sustainable development must be adequately funded.
Sustainable development must be adequately funded. © Alexej Getmann/Justfilm/Welthungerhilfe

In this way Welthungerhilfe helps keep hunger and food and nutrition security on the agenda of the German federal parliament, ministries and relevant international organisations. The organisation uses public events, discussions and actions to increase coverage and awareness, and to promote our Zero Hunger goal.

These campaigns have often been successful. For example, the federal government adopted many Welthungerhilfe positions and recommendations in its special initiative "A world without hunger". This has further motivated Welthungerhilfe to carry on keeping a watchful eye on the reality behind the claims of German development policy, for a world without hunger!

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