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10 Jul 2019 description

Germany and Qatar recently invited 60 representatives of Afghan society to a two‑day event to discuss their country’s future – a first step that gives grounds for hope.

As a friend to Afghanistan, Germany has supported the efforts to achieve peace in the country for many years. After 40 years of almost constant violence, the main prerequisites for peace are a willingness to engage in dialogue and a certain level of trust across deep divides.

07 Nov 2016 description

Today Thomas Silberhorn, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, ended his three-day visit to Iraq and Jordan. In a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Silberhorn pledged support for the people who have fled from Mosul and assistance for rebuilding the city following its liberation.

19 Apr 2016 description

Press release of 15.04.2016 |

With German assistance, measures will be carried out to further improve the prospects for the people living in Afghanistan and to provide greater assistance for returnees. That is the agreement arrived at by representatives of the two countries following talks in Kabul about future development cooperation.

24 Nov 2015 description

Chair’s Summary – Publication of the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Chair of the G7 has the honour to present the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict.

08 Jun 2015 description

We, the leaders of the G7, met in Elmau for our annual Summit on 7 and 8 June 2015. Guided by our shared values and principles, we are determined to work closely together to meet the complex international economic and political challenges of our times. We are committed to the values of freedom and democracy, and their universality, to the rule of law and respect for human rights, and to fostering peace and security. Especially in view of the numerous crises in the world, we as G7 nations stand united in our commitment to uphold freedom, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

18 Feb 2015 description

16.02.2015 | Mazar-e-Sharif/Berlin – Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, yesterday arrived in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, where he visited a dairy receiving financial support from the BMZ and laid the foundation stone for an engineering college.

With Germany's support, the dairy, situated close to the provincial capital, has been able to extend its range of products and enhance efficiency, thus boosting profits. The benefits are felt by 1,800 dairy farmers and their families in the region.

06 May 2014 description

06.05.2014

Berlin – Just a few days after the devastating landslide in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, which borders on Tajikistan, the Federal Ministry for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (BMZ) is making available one million euros for reconstruction and disaster preparedness in the region.

Minister Müller said, "The families concerned have virtually lost everything in this terrible disaster. They need help as a matter of urgency. We will support reconstruction through this funding, which we are making available at short notice."

27 Aug 2012 description

Kabul – Today, German De­vel­op­ment Minister Dirk Niebel and the Dutch Minister for European Affairs and In­ter­na­ti­o­nal Co­op­er­a­tion, Ben Knapen, arrived in Kabul. They will have high-level political talks with President Hamid Karzai and Mining Minister Shahrani.

11 Mar 2012 description

German Development Minister Dirk Niebel today arrived for a visit to Afghanistan.

Niebel's visit begins today, Sunday, in Kabul with meetings with representatives of the Afghan government, the business com­mu­ni­ty and representatives of the de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­ation im­ple­ment­ing organisations and political foundations engaged in the country. He also plans to meet the Deputy Commander of ISAF, General Bradshaw, and the NATO Senior Civilian Representative, Sir Simon Gass. A meeting with representatives of Afghan civil society will complete his schedule.

05 Oct 2011 description

After a two-day visit to Afghanistan with stops in the capital, Kabul, as well as Kunduz and Mazar-e Sharif in northern Af­ghan­i­stan, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gudrun Kopp, today travelled on to Pakistan.

11 Nov 2010 description

Germany is providing emergency humanitarian aid as winter approaches in Afghanistan, sending a total of 750,000 euro for winter-aid projects to three German aid organizations.

These funds are to be used to support measures helping the rural population as well as to assist returning refugees and internally displaced persons. These people often live in extremely difficult material circumstances.

More than anything else, there is a severe shortage of medical care in the central highlands, which Caritas Germany is intended to help alleviate.

26 Oct 2010 description

The German Government has contributed EUR 10 million to the Afghan Government's Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP) for the year 2010. Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhiwal and R=FCdiger König, the German Ambassador to Afghanistan, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the German contribution to the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme.

Germany will promote reintegration and reconciliation measures in Afghanistan for a period of five years through a total contribution of EUR 50 million.

22 Sep 2010 description

The aim is to enable them to gradually assume responsibility for guaranteeing security in Afghanistan. This includes the necessary infrastructure. In Feyzabad, a police training centre and barracks for the Afghan army have just been handed over to the Afghan partners.

Germany's Ambassador R=FCdiger König, the head of police in Badakhshan province, General Kentooz, and the provincial governor were present at the inauguration of the new training centre for the Afghan police force.

01 Jul 2010 description

Afghans in Iran constitute one of the largest refugee populations in the world.In 2010 the Federal Foreign Office is providing one million euro for the programme run by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the benefit of this group of refugees.

Over a million refugees from Afghanistan are currently registered in Iran. Many of them have been living there for over 30 years. According to UNHCR, the refugee population in Iran is one of the largest in the world, and also one of the longest-standing.

16 Jun 2010 description

In the presence of acting Afghan Interior Minister General Munir Mangal, German Ambassador Werner Lauk and Canadian chargé d'affaires Cindy Termorshuizen, a new training centre for the Afghan Border Police was inaugurated today (16 June) in Kabul.

Police training is an important focus of Germany's engagement in Afghanistan. A well-trained Border Police force can play a key role in enhancing security on the country's borders and at its airports.

08 Jun 2010 description

Today at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), German Development Minister Niebel met with representatives from some 20 nongovernmental organizations and from the Association of German Development NGOs (VENRO) to discuss the new NGO facility which the BMZ is launching for Afghanistan this year.

Minister Niebel presented the new financing instrument and explained the criteria which a nongovernmental organization needs to meet if it wants to receive funding from the facility.

The new instrument facilitates, in particular, nongovernmental …

23 Apr 2010 description

Over 3500 pupils in northern Afghanistan can now enjoy a better learning environment. With support from the Federal Foreign Office, the non-profit organization "Afghanistan-Schulen e.V." (Afghanistan Schools) has constructed new classrooms in two schools. Learning conditions for girls and boys have been vastly improved for a total of EUR 236,400.

Both of the schools benefiting from the project are in Balkh Province, located in Germany's area of responsibility in northern Afghanistan.

29 Mar 2010 description

The German Government is stepping up its commitment to rebuilding the Afghan police force. During his trip to Afghanistan, Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière today (29 March) opened the new police training centre in Kunduz together with the German Ambassa dor to Afghanistan. The centre has a capacity of 100 places. This means 400 Afghan police officers can benefit from basic and further training in Kunduz this year and from 2011 some 500 officers will be trained every year.

Training for Afghan police officers in the new centre actually began in early March 2010.

22 Feb 2010 description

German universities are setting the pace when it comes to developing a functioning education system in Afghanistan. Minister of State Cornelia Pieper emphasized that the most powerful weapon for countering terrorism was an educated population. That was why Germany would continue to act as a motor in the field of education.

According to Pieper, Germany had had "much success" in the education sector in Afghanistan.

03 Dec 2009 description

On 19 November 2009, Afghanistan's President Karzai announced an ambitious reform program for his second term in office: he plans to take more consistent action against corruption, improve governance, and create additional jobs.

With a view to supporting Afghanistan's government in pursuing this course and to reinforcing Germany's stabilization and development support, the German Development Ministry (BMZ) is making available another 52 million euros for Afghanistan.