Since its inception in 1961, the German-Pakistani relationship on development cooperation has become stronger with the passage of time. While the role of development cooperation has been significant in various sectors, there is a need to further expand and strengthen bilateral relationships in the areas of trade and investment that are equally significant for achieving sustainable development outcomes.
Working together after Brexit: why and how Germany, the EU and the UK can continue to collaborate on international development
Congratulations to Germany, first of all, on reaching 0.7. That is an achievement. We know that 25% of ODA (Official Development Assistance) in 2016 was spent on refugee costs in Germany, a fact that some German commentators have been very keen to publicise. However, we all hope 0.7 will be sustained when refugee costs begin to fall. It is an important signal of commitment, and we know it has influenced others (including France) who have yet to reach the target.
China and Germany have developed a remarkable bilateral relationship over many years. Although China still needs support from Germany in many areas, it is now time for China and Germany to build a new partnership via development cooperation modalities to contribute to global sustainable development.
The EU emphasizes the mainstreaming of migration in development cooperation as a crucial issue to finding lasting solutions to irregular migration. The EU’s approach to the crisis focuses on supporting national and regional migration strategies and a ‘cash-for-cooperation’ conditionality strategy setting financial incentives to increase readmission of African migrants. But a considerable option for better migration management may be the promotion of an effective regional migration within the African continent in a development-friendly way. That would mean to establish or to strengthen migration regimes and institutions, which are capable of protecting migrants and enhancing the positive effects of migration like remittances or knowledge transfer.
Migration ist momentan ein hochaktuelles Thema in der deutschen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (EZ). Anders als bei den Millennium Development Goals, ist Migration ein wichtiger Bestandteil der neuen globalen Entwicklungsagenda 2030, zu welcher sich Deutschland verpflichtet hat. Des Weiteren hat durch die Migrationsentwicklungen der letzten Jahre das Thema der Reduzierung von Flucht- und irregulärer Migrationsursachen („root causes“) noch mehr an Bedeutung gewonnen. Deutschland hat dafür in den kommenden Jahren zusätzliche EZ-Mittel zur Verfügung gestellt.