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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

German aid agencies face government shake-up

The German government has defended plans to merge the three main state-funded aid agencies, GTZ, DED and Inwent, into a more efficient organization. Development Minister Dirk Niebel says no job cuts are involved. German development minister Dirk Niebel on Monday defended plans to merge Germany's three aid organizations, the German Association for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the German Development Service (DED) and Inwent. Niebel stressed that the new streamlined agency would be able to deliver German aid more efficiently and with less bureaucracy. He pointed out that the government would hold on to what he called its "ambitious" target of increasing German aid to 0.7 percent of gross domestic product until 2015 despite press reports to the contrary. Niebel added that there would be no job cuts involved.  The GTZ is the biggest of the three organizations. It helps implement the government's development projects in 87 countries. DED specializes in providing experts for developing countries and Inwent focuses on training.

Source: Deutsche Welle