Germany said it would stop supporting development projects in about one third of the 85 countries currently helping, arguing that they failed to improve their governance systems.
The decision was announced last week by Gerd Müller, minister of development. He be told that Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “This new concept means that we withdraw from bilateral development cooperation in various countries … and work more intensively where our commitment makes a difference and partners carry out reforms.”
Among the countries that will lose German aid are Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka in Asia, Burundi, Sierra Leone and Liberia in Africa, and Cuba, Haiti and Guatemala in America. This decision will affect various electricity, water, health and other infrastructure schemes.
Germany previously included these countries in the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit program, or GIZ, and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).
In the future, Germany will only work with countries that are judged to carry out reforms for good governance, respect for human rights and eradicate corruption. However, projects that are already running are likely to be completed.
The decision caused an angry reaction in several countries mentioned. Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Liberia’s information minister, be told that FrontPageAfrica website that the Liberian government has not been notified of the decision to end bilateral development cooperation.
He added: “Our commitment to reform has been recognized by institutions including the IMF and the World Bank. This is evidenced by the IMF’s recent statement about Liberia, when the IMF approved a $ 214 million credit facility, in which he praised the government’s dedication to ‘ambitious structural reforms’. “
The source at GIZ told me Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that government decisions carry strategic risks.
They pointed to a similar decision taken in recent years by Australia, after which “China used the gap left by Canberra to anchor itself deeper in excluded countries. The result was that Canberra reversed its decision in the Pacific, for example in Papua New Guinea “.
The German move is part of the “Vision 2030” scheme, which aims to work with larger countries, such as India, in climate protection and reduce the number of individual projects supported.
Picture: GIZ and KfW staff members visit the project at a school in Gitega, Burundi (SuSanA Secretariat /CC BY 2.0)
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