• Germany

    Context

    Over the last years, the leadership of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has continued its support for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) as well as family planning (FP). Federal elections in 2021 confirmed a new government led by Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, and composed of seven ministers from the Social Democrats (SPD), five Greens and four Free Democrats (FDP). Social Democrat Svenja Schulze took over the leadership of the BMZ.  The three-party coalition agreement confirms for the first time support to SRHR of women and girls in development cooperation.

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    Policies & funding

    Total multilateral funding for sexual and reproductive health and family planning (SRH/FP) from Germany in 2020 was over €113 million, increasing from €68.2 in 2019. This increment of 66 percent is largely due to an increase of the BMZ budget for 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This included an increase in core funding for both UNFPA (from €40 million to €70 million) and IPPF (from €12 million to €15 million). In 2020 Germany also contributed for the first time €2 million to the UNFPA Supplies Partnership. If funding to HIV prevention and control is also considered, Germany spent €348 million on SRHR that year, given a large contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. However, funding for UNFPA and IPPF decreased to pre-Covid levels in the 2021budget while contributions to UNFPA Supplies were reduced to €750.000.

    Germany made its last international financial commitment to SRH/FP in 2021 during the Generation Equality Forum, where the government pledged its financial support to UNFPA and IPPF for 2021 – amounts that were included in the 2021 budget passed in late 2020. At the Nairobi Summit in 2019, the German government pledged €100 million annually in bilateral funding for the BMZ Initiative on Rights-based Family Planning and Maternal Health until 2023. The initiative has three thematic goals: (1) improving knowledge on and acceptance of modern family planning methods; (2) expanding access to modern family planning methods and services; and (3) increasing the number of births attended by health professionals. These funds are however not accounted for in the above-mentioned findings of financial spending in 2020, as data is not available at the time of writing.

    In 2020, the BMZ started a structural reform process “BMZ 2030”. In this process, it declared family planning as one of ten ‘initiative themes’ on which the Ministry would continue its bilateral cooperation and replace the SRHR strategy from 2008. Still, it remains to be seen if the new BMZ leadership will continue the “BMZ 2030” reform process.

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    Internationally vocal

    Germany has become a reliable supporter of SRH/FP and SRHR for all in the international arena. During the Nairobi Summit in 2019, Germany further demonstrated its political and financial commitment to realising SRHR of all. As part of the 25th anniversary commemoration of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 2020 and within the framework of the Generation Equality Forum, Germany co-led the Global Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights. This is a five-year commitment to contribute to accelerated progress on gender equality. Germany is also actively engaging on SRHR at the EU level: in 2021, Germany joined the Team Europe Initiative focusing on sexual and reproduction health and rights in sub-Saharan Africa.

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    • Key Documents


    Updated January 2022

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