German bilateral development cooperation focuses on two main areas: Peace and conflict transformation funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with a regional focus on Mindanao and projects related to the environment, climate protection, biodiversity and adaptation to climate change supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Under the BMU’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) the Philippines is one of the focus countries. Germany is currently assisting the Philippines with ongoing bilateral projects adding up to EUR 24.9 million funding volume. Furthermore, the Philippines are part of 23 regional and global projects under this initiative with a current total volume of EUR 185,5 million.
Other areas of cooperation include micro insurance, health, education and vocational training as well as special COVID-19 rapid response programs (click here).
GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) is an important implementing agency for bilateral German-Philippine development cooperation since the 1970s.
In addition, the German Government funds development activities of German non-governmental organizations, of the Churches and of German political foundations on a wide range of issues such as agriculture, health, human rights, education, peacebuilding, climate resiliency to name a few.
Germany also contributes significantly to the budget of the European Union through which EU development programs and humanitarian aid projects in the Philippines are funded.
Furthermore, Germany is substantially involved in development cooperation activities of multilateral organizations active in the Philippines such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations. Germany made the largest contribution in 2020 to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), an essential enabler of global humanitarian action, for instance to support victims of natural disasters.