German Development Minister Gerd Müller and Bill Gates expand their cooperation “Development policy is the best peace policy”

MU­NICH – Ger­man De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Gerd Müller and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion, to­gether want to work to­wards adding a new di­men­sion to de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion. To that end, they signed an agree­ment that will lend fresh im­pe­tus to the achieve­ment of the goals con­tained in the 2030 Agenda.

Federal Minister Gerd Müller and Bill Gates at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Munich

Fed­eral Min­is­ter Gerd Müller and Bill Gates at the sign­ing of the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion in Mu­nichIm­ages© Michael Gottschalk/pho­tothek.net

MU­NICH – Ger­man De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Gerd Müller and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion, to­gether want to work to­wards adding a new di­men­sion to de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion. To that end, they signed an agree­ment that will lend fresh im­pe­tus to the achieve­ment of the goals con­tained in the 2030 Agenda.

In par­tic­u­lar, they want to fos­ter eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, giv­ing more peo­ple ac­cess to a bank ac­count and to credit so that they can build a liveli­hood. This fo­cus, fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion, is also a pri­or­ity topic on the agenda of the forth­com­ing G20 meet­ings in Ger­many in mid-2017.

More­over, the BMZ and the Gates Foun­da­tion will ex­pand their pro­grammes in the ar­eas of food se­cu­rity and rural de­vel­op­ment, health, and wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion.

Ger­man De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Gerd Müller said, “There will only be a peace­ful world in the fu­ture if we give new pri­or­ity to de­vel­op­ment pol­icy. That is why we pre­sented our cor­ner­stones for a Mar­shall Plan with Africa, propos­ing new av­enues and in­stru­ments for pur­su­ing a com­pletely new di­men­sion of de­vel­op­ment pol­icy, be­cause de­vel­op­ment is the best peace pol­icy. To that end, we need our part­ners more than ever. Through their com­mit­ted work and their in­vest­ments, our part­ners are al­ready pro­pelling de­vel­op­ment in the ar­eas of child health, re­duc­tion of hunger and mal­nu­tri­tion, and school­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing. Bill and Melinda Gates are do­ing out­stand­ing work in these fields and are strong part­ners for us. To­gether, we can make a great dif­fer­ence.”

Bill Gates said, “Ger­many is one of the most im­por­tant part­ners for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion. I am grate­ful to the Ger­mans for their in­ter­na­tional lead­er­ship. They show the world that in­vest­ment in global health and de­vel­op­ment is not just char­ity but one of the most im­por­tant tasks for gov­ern­ments if we are to build a safer and bet­ter fu­ture for our chil­dren. Thus, I am very pleased that the Ger­man gov­ern­ment and the Gates Foun­da­tion to­gether reaf­firmed through their Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing that they will con­tinue to work closely to ad­dress the world’s biggest prob­lems. It is not by ac­ci­dent that Africa and global health are im­por­tant top­ics on the agenda of this year’s Mu­nich Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence. We need even stronger in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in or­der to meet the chal­lenges of our time.”

The part­ner­ship be­tween the Foun­da­tion and the BMZ pro­vides many open­ings for syn­er­gies with the cor­ner­stones for a Mar­shall Plan with Africa pre­sented by Min­is­ter Müller last month.

In or­der to con­tinue to sup­port rural de­vel­op­ment, agri­cul­ture and food se­cu­rity, the BMZ and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion are part­ner­ing with oth­ers to fi­nance the Global Agri­cul­ture and Food Se­cu­rity Pro­gram (GAFSP). This fund can make a de­ci­sive con­tri­bu­tion to youth em­ploy­ment in rural ar­eas in Africa – a topic which the BMZ is plan­ning to take for­ward as part of Ger­many’s G20 Pres­i­dency this year.

Thanks to the two sides’ col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal part­ners on the African Cashew ini­tia­tive, for ex­am­ple, more than 400,000 small­hold­ers in five African coun­tries have been able to in­crease their in­comes and com­pet­i­tive­ness.

The BMZ and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion are also work­ing to­gether in the field of global health pol­icy, es­pe­cially on fi­nanc­ing mech­a­nisms such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and Malaria and Gavi, the Vac­cine Al­liance.

The Global Fund has a re­mark­able record. Since 2002, it has saved at least 20 mil­lion lives and pro­vided HIV med­ica­tion for eight mil­lion peo­ple. 16.6 mil­lion peo­ple have been di­ag­nosed with tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and re­ceived treat­ment, 713 mil­lion bed­nets have been dis­trib­uted to fight malaria, and 146 mil­lion new in­fec­tions with malaria have been pre­vented.

Gavi, the Vac­cine Al­liance, saves chil­dren’s lives through im­mu­ni­sa­tion. It has al­ready saved as many as eight mil­lion chil­dren from deadly dis­eases. Gavi cur­rently has pro­grammes in 54 coun­tries. They are funded both by pub­lic donors and by foun­da­tions, com­pa­nies and pri­vate donors. Part­ner coun­tries have to cover part of the costs in­volved. At the same time, they re­ceive sup­port for strength­en­ing their health sys­tems.

The 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment was adopted by all UN mem­ber coun­tries at a United Na­tions sum­mit in Sep­tem­ber 2015. In the Agenda, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has ex­pressed its con­vic­tion that global chal­lenges can only be re­solved through joint ac­tion. The Agenda has laid the ba­sis for har­mon­is­ing global eco­nomic progress with so­cial jus­tice and with the lim­its of what our planet’s en­vi­ron­ment can take.

Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing be­tween the BMZ and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion (PDF 226 KB)

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