Germany

Germany provided USD$ 24.7 billion in Official Development Assistance in 2017, making it the largest donor in Europe and the second-largest worldwide, even after accounting for in-donor refugee costs. In 2011, Germany committed to make its development aid finances and project information open and accessible. This was part of the Busan Partnership Agreement. This commitment was repeated in 2017 in the European Consensus for Development. It has only been partially achieved.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is responsible for policy on development cooperation and has the largest budgetary allocation. This is divided between multilateral contributions and programmes that are implemented through government-owned agencies, including GIZ and KFW. BMZ oversees IATI publication on behalf of itself and these agencies.

German agencies included in the 2018 Index and responsible for disbursing development aid ranked in the ‘good’ (BMZ-GIZ) and ‘fair’ (BMZ-KFW) categories.

Alongside Busan, Germany has a number of national, regional and international commitments to aid transparency including:

  • 2017 European Consensus for Development
    In June 2017, the European Council launched a new Consensus for Developmentthat includes commitments to transparency “which should progressively cover all development resources”. Germany signed up to this consensus as an EU member.
  • 2016 Open Government Partnership
    In December 2016, the Federal Minister of the Interior announced Germany’s participation in the Open Government Partnership. Germany’s first national action plan from 2017 to 2019 includes a commitment for transparency in development policy with the objective to improve the quantity and quality of Germany’s development data. Publish What You Fund welcomes this commitment.
  • 2013 International Aid Transparency Initiative
    The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) represents Germany in IATI. BMZ joined IATI in 2013 and publishes datatogether with its implementing partners, the Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and KFW Development Bank. The Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) also began publishing IATI data in 2016.
  • 2013 G7 Commitment
    Through the Lough Erne Communique, G7 member states committed to an Open Data Charter, which includes making government data open by default. They also recognised the importance of open aid data for accountability and renewed the commitment made in 2011 to implement the Busan Common Standard on Aid Transparency.
  • 2011 EU Transparency Guarantee
    In November 2011, the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council adopted a common position for Busan, incorporating an EU Transparency Guarantee. EU Institutions and member states agreed to publicly disclose all aid information in a common, standard format so that it can be accessed, shared and published.

Agencies

German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ)

GIZ is a state-owned company and implements development cooperation activities on behalf of BMZ and other funders. In the 2018 Index, BMZ-GIZ again ranked in the ‘good’ performance category. The agency has also worked to improve the frequency of its IATI publication and now publishes data on at least a monthly basis.

Publish What You Fund recognises the commitment to transparency by BMZ – GIZ and now calls on them to:

  • Ensure that its organisation planning information on IATI is kept up-to-date and contains the right information.
  • Start publishing information on sub-national locations to provide data on where it is implementing development work.
  • Prioritise the publication of performance related information that allows everyone to monitor progress and whether objectives were met.
  • Take responsibility to promote the use of the data they publish: internally, to promote coordination and effectiveness; and externally, to explore online and in-person feedback loops, including at country-level.

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German Development Bank (KfW)

The KFW Development Bank is a state-owned financial institution with a joint domestic and international mandate. Its development finance activities are funded by a mix of public and capital market funds, including contributions from BMZ. Its position in the Aid Transparency Index has remained in the ‘fair’ category since 2013.

Publish What You Fund recognises the commitment to transparency by BMZ – KFW and now calls on them to:

  • Ensure it gets the basics of its publication right. This includes providing relevant and up-to-date documents on organisational planning as well as providing complete descriptions of its projects.
  • Make further efforts to provide sub-national location information to identify where its projects are being implemented.
  • Start publishing comprehensive and consistent information on its performance, from objectives to pre-project-impact appraisals, reviews and evaluations as well as results.
  • Take responsibility to promote the use of the data they publish: internally, to promote coordination and effectiveness; and externally, to explore online and in-person feedback loops, including at country-level.

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