Germany remains off track in 2007 despite posting significant increases in development assistance to sub-Saharan Africa. Additional welcome increases are planned for 2008, but in order to reach the 2010 target, these annual increases will need to grow. Germany is a leader on water and sanitation and hosted a strong Global Fund replenishment but is off track in education and, along with other members of the EU, has failed to deliver pro-development trade reform.
Excluding bilateral debt relief, Germany increased its development assistance to sub-Saharan Africa by €250 million ($311 million) between 2006 and 2007. To be on track as determined by a straight-line trajectory, DATA estimates that it should have increased its ODA to the region by €672 million ($836 million) in 2007. In total, Germany’s total development assistance to sub-Saharan Africa net of bilateral debt relief increased by 6.9% or €391 million ($485 million) between 2004-07.
DATA estimates that Germany’s ODA to sub-Saharan Africa will increase by approximately €527 million ($634 million in 2004 prices) to a total of €2.682 billion ($3.384 billion in 2004 prices) in 2008. Though a strong increase, this is less than the €965 million ($1,161 billion in 2004 prices) increase needed to be on a steady track towards the 2010 target.