South African – German Development Cooperation

Nov 14, 2016

Germany provided funds of more than one billion Euro of bilateral development aid since 1994 for South Africa. Joint programmes under four focal areas “governance and public administration”, “green economy”, “technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and skills development” and “HIV and AIDS prevention” will be discussed at the government to government negotiations and the Binational Commission taking place on November 14, 15 and 16 in Berlin.

Enlarge image Governance and public administration

The overall objective for cooperation in this focal area is to contribute to an effective, efficient and citizen-oriented system of public service delivery, which is the basis of safe, sustainable and stable development in South Africa and the region. 

In line with the policy objectives outlined in the National Development Plan “Vision 2030”, the 2013 launched “South African – German Governance Support Program” (GSP) includes cooperation with the private sector and civil society, forging sustainable partnerships and solutions between all the relevant stakeholders. Besides, technical and financial cooperation projects that aim at crime and violence prevention are bolstered by Germany.

Green Economy

Energy-saving high masts in the Nelson Mandela Municipality have already been installed Enlarge image Energy-saving high masts in the Nelson Mandela Municipality have already been installed (© GIZ) Since 2008 supporting a green South African economy has been a priority area of German Development Cooperation with South Africa. There are ongoing programmes particularly in the field of renewable energy resources, but also in energy efficiency in the industrial as well as the transport sector. The cooperation is designed to support South Africa in reducing its carbon footprint as well as contributing towards a constant sustainable energy supply.

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and skills development

The German Government is committed to and involved in providing a better system of skills development and further education. Together with the established private sector, it promotes the legal and financial framework conditions of the skills development landscape. The objective is the introduction of a demand-driven workplace- orientated skills development system on local and regional level.

HIV and AIDS prevention

Awareness campaign "The Power of Knowing" Enlarge image Awareness campaign "The Power of Knowing" (© KfW) HIV and AIDS prevention was declared a focal area of South African–German development cooperation in 2010. The overall objective in the focal area of HIV prevention is to contribute to the reduction of new HIV infections in South Africa. 

Germany is a proud supporter of the South African National Department of Health's campaign on HIV prevention in girls and young women that was launched in June 2016. All programmes refer to the objectives of the “National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS, TB and STIs 2012-2016”.

© German Embassy Pretoria

Binational Commission 2016: Development Cooperation

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