Monday, February 11, 2008

Germany harmonises development and research reports on a good idea, one that deserves repetition in dozens of other areas: The German research and international development ministries have signed an agreement to coordinate their activities and streamline their approach to research for development.

The state secretaries for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) finalised the agreement last month (25 January). The move will harmonise the efforts of the two departments — primarily in Africa, Brazil, China, India and Mexico — to avoid duplicating efforts.

The agreement also involves designing research projects that can inform development policy, particularly on climate, health, energy and water issues. "There's a tendency for each ministry to do their own thing and not to take into account what others are doing," says Heiko Warnken, a deputy head of department at the BMZ who helped create the agreement. "We need a more coherent approach."...

Paul Gabriel's "Landschap bij Abcoude," back when Europe was a developing area, from Wikimedia Commons

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