Germany

Germany provided USD$ 17.8 billion in Official Development Assistance in 2015. In 2011, Germany committed to make its development aid finances and project information open and accessible to all by December 2015. This commitment was made as part of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. It was only 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 2016 Index and responsible for disbursing development aid ranked in the ‘good’ (BMZ-GIZ) and ‘fair’ (BMZ-KfW) categories. The German Foreign Office (Auswaertiges Amt), responsible for developing and implementing Germany’s foreign policy, including humanitarian aid, ranked in the ‘very poor’ category in the 2014 Index.

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

  • 2016 Open Government Partnership
    In December 2016, the Federal Minister of the Interior announced Germany’s participation in the Open Government Partnership. The Government is working on its first national action plan due in 2017. Publish What You Fund welcomes this and urges Germany to include a specific commitment to aid and development finance transparency.
  • 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 data together with its implementing partners, the Society 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

Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)

GIZ is a state-owned company and implements development cooperation activities on behalf of BMZ and other funders. In the 2016 Index, BMZ-GIZ ranked in the ‘good’ performance category for the first time, improving its position. The agency has also worked to improve the frequency of its IATI publication.

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

  • Increase the frequency of IATI data publication from quarterly to monthly.
  • Improve the quality of IATI publication, in particular for activity related documents and performance data.
  • Publish a complete organisation file to IATI including its allocation policy and forward looking budgets for at least three years ahead.

We recommend that GIZ provides its management data to BMZ using the IATI standard, so as to reduce manual processing.

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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:

  • Increase the frequency of IATI data publication from quarterly to monthly.
  • Improve the quality of IATI publication, in particular for activity related documents, budgets and performance data.
  • Publish a complete organisation file to IATI including its allocation policy and forward looking budgets for at least three years ahead.

Similar to GIZ, we also recommend that KfW provide its management data to BMZ using the IATI standard so as to reduce manual processing.

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