Development Cooperation with South Africa

Enlarge image Since 1994 South Africa has received funds of more than one billion Euro of bilateral development aid from Germany. In line with the promised strengthening of Africa by the G8-countries, this is also a sign of appreciation of South Africa as an anchor of stability for the entire continent.

Therefore one focus lies on regional integration: the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the political forum for regional economic and social development (NEPAD), the reciprocal “peer review” process for democratic and human rightsoriented state management (APRM: African Peer Review Mechanism), and projects for the promotion of regional infrastructure are all being supported.

Read more about the history of German-South African Development Cooperation


Green Economy

South Africa is an important partner in international dialogue on climate change. However the country continues to rely on its coal resources for electricity generation, because it is relatively affordable.


Governance and Public Administration

Service delivery is still a thorny issue in South Africa and so-called service delivery protests are symptomatic of the discrepancy between citizens' expectations and the services rendered by local government structures. The reasons for this discrepancy are manifold.

World AIDS Day in Johannesburg

The fight against HIV & AIDS

HIV and AIDS prevention was declared a focal area of South African–German development cooperation in 2010. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) are working jointly to support the implementation of the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB (2012-2016) of South Africa.

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Working together towards increased access to skills development

Limited access to quality education and training means that South Africa has a large number of unskilled workers, who struggle to find employment, especially in the formal sector. Through various projects supported by Germany it is hoped that more and more people will have access to skills development and subsequently find employment.

Children at Impact Preschool enjoy the new playground equipment donated by the German Embassy

Micro projects financed by the German Missions in South Africa

The micro-project scheme is part of Germany's overall development co-operation that contributes to poverty alleviation and improvement of  living standards, to cover the basic needs of the poorest social classes, especially in rural areas.

Development Cooperation

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