Germany merges its International Development Cooperation: "Merging Germany's Aid agencies
Jul 8, 2010
The German cabinet adopted on July 7, 2010 a detailed plan to merge the government's three separate foreign-aid agencies into one, a move seen as likely to save administrative costs.
Aid Minister Dirk Niebel said after the cabinet meeting that he was still committed to Germany spending 0.7 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) annually on development aid by 2015.
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But Berlin's federal budget plan, also released Wednesday, says that resources allocated after 2012 are 'not sufficient' to reach this goal. Currently German aid is about 0.4 per cent of GDP. US aid is less than 0.2 per cent of GDP."