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Resetting African Aid

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    If Berlin recasts development aid to Africa to encourage governments to change their policies it could lower the flow of migrants to Germany.

  • Facts


    • The German government has invested €2.5 billion in refugee camps abroad since 2012. Integrating refugees in Germany is costing €20 billion per year.
    • The United Nations estimates that within 35 years, Africa’s population could almost double to 2 billion.
    • More than a million refugees have entered Germany since the beginning of last year, both from war-strikken countries such as Syria and Afghanistan as well as poorer regions in Africa.
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Development Minister Gerd Müller wants to help Africa in a different way. Source: Hannibal Hanschke / DPA

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.

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