Press release - 20th Report on the Reality of German Development Politics

Cuts must be prevented

Welthungerhilfe critisizes development aid budget for 2013

(21.11.2012) Relief organisations terre des hommes and Welthungerhilfe are asking members of the Bundestag to withdraw the planned cuts to the development aid budget in the amount of EUR 124 million during today's debate on the 2013 federal budget, and instead approve an increase to the development budget.


Cuts in development politics must be prevented. © Haeberle

The dramatic effects of climate change and shortages of resources are creating new challenges for development politics, which will require an appropriate amount of financial resources.

"Against the background of the planned funding cuts, we are particularly concerned about the simultaneous use of increased forms of mixed financing, which have the effect of making the development budget appear larger but generally do not reach the poorest countries and population groups", says Danuta Sacher, Chair of the Executive Board for terre des hommes.

"During the last few years, we have at least observed small increases to the development aid budget. The current draft budget signals a reversal of this trend. It would be an entirely wrong signal in the face of pressing global developments, which actually call for the strengthening international cooperation at the political and financial level", appeals Wolfgang Jamann, Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe, to Bundestag members ahead of today's debate.

The report "The Reality of Development Politics" is designed as a shadow report on the official figures from the Development Assistance Committee/DAC of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It investigates the quantity and quality of German and international development politics.


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