Germany and Afghanistan are two very different countries and yet they have maintained close ties since the start of the twentieth century. A key element of German engagement in Afghanistan is German Cooperation. This website will give you an overview of German support for civilian reconstruction and development in Afghanistan.
The international community refocused its engagement in Afghanistan in 2010 at the International Afghanistan Conferences in London and Kabul. Parallel to this, the German Government has substantially increased its support for civilian reconstruction and development in Afghanistan, especially in the country’s Northern Provinces. Germany is helping Afghanistan to reduce poverty, improve governance and thus create a basis for lasting stability and human security.
In all, around 1,780 people, including around 160 German and international experts (as at March 2015), are working in Afghanistan for implementing organisations mandated by the German Government. Each and every one of them is committed to improving the living conditions of the Afghan people. The objective of German Cooperation with Afghanistan is to develop the capacities of Afghan men and women to drive forward economic, social and political development in their country on their own terms and initiative.
“A reliable partnership in times of change” is the title of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ) country strategy for Afghanistan from 2014 to 2017. Introduced by Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller at the start of a multi-day inter-national conference in March 2014, the new strategy is a realignment of development cooperation with Afghanistan for the period after the withdrawal of the ISAF mission. The conference saw both international representatives from politics, civil society, the sciences and business from various countries participating as well as a high-ranking Afghan delegation accompanying Afghanistan's Ministers of Finance Omar Zakhilwal.
In March 2014, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development convened a two day international conference to present its country strategy for cooperation with Afghanistan over the period 2014-2017. This strategy was discussed with the attendance of over 230 representatives of government, civil society and the research community from Germany, Afghanistan and around the world.