The German government has recast its aid development plans for Africa, according to a document seen by Handelsblatt and an interview with Development Minister Gerd Müller.
Africa’s governments will need to develop their own reform programs, create tax systems, and combat corruption in exchange. In addition, Germany plans for close cooperation between foreign economic and development policy, meaning an expansion of federal guarantees on exports and investments and, possibly, tax relief to German companies investing in Africa.
Ministers are frustrated about the lack of progress seen there so far – and are keen to stem the flow of migrants. Last year, Germany saw nearly 900,000 people come to the country fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa.
The government’s new plan ties aid more closely to the development of stable economic structures.