Bilateral development cooperation with various Latin American and Caribbean countries is an important aspect of German-Latin American relations.Over the past years and decades Latin America has made significant progress in development.The region’s economy continues to grow and effective social programmes have helped alleviate poverty.Income and property disparities, however, remain a potential source of conflict.
Germany believes that fiscal and tax policies aimed at narrowing the gap between haves and have-nots can do much to foster social cohesion and safeguard democracy. If the region is to achieve lasting success in world markets and in the international arena, it also needs to strengthen social security systems and promote dialogue between all sections of society. For over 50 years Germany has been cooperating with the countries of Latin America to support the region’s development.
Germany’s development policy priorities
Farmers working on a reafforestation scheme, El Salvador
Under the paramount of goal of poverty reduction, Germany’s priorities for development cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean are environmental and climate protection, democracy and the rule of law, and water resources management.
In this connection Germany is working increasingly closely with other bilateral donors, multilateral development banks and the European Union. We also seek an intensive dialogue with governments and civil society aimed at creating a development-friendly environment at both national and international level.
Vocational training is now an increasingly important focus of our development cooperation. Vocational training institutions supported by Germany offer young people careers guidance as well as advice on finding employment and help raise the standard of training in the region, where young people make up a particularly high proportion of the population. Compliance with international labour and social standards and the exercise of corporate social responsibility are both seen by Germany as important concerns, which we seek to advance.Through triangular cooperation projects, Germany is encouraging advanced countries in Latin America increasingly to cooperate themselves with third countries with a view to promoting development there.
Last updated 26.01.2013