The Federal Republic of Germany and Chad have maintained diplomatic relations since 1960. The Federal Government’s engagement is part of a comprehensive approach and includes a combination of foreign, development and security policy.
Germany’s main interest in Chad is to continue to work on building a stable state with sound institutions, good governance and respect for human rights.
Chad requires humanitarian assistance time and again due to fragile livelihoods in the country’s desert and Sahel regions, which are strongly affected by fluctuations in climate and weather. Germany helps alleviate the suffering of those in need through aid organisations such as the World Food Programme of the United Nations, the UNHCR and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Regional stabilisation projects place a particular emphasis on the Lake Chad region. The German stabilisation concept centres around strengthening civil-military coordination and cooperation as well as coordinated activity by the international community in consultation with neighbouring countries. The aim is to rebuild a positive state presence in conflict zones and thereby provide both security and services to the local population. Traditional forms of bilateral development cooperation have been suspended. The focus of development cooperation is on strengthening resilience and food security, as well as on improving the livelihoods of the local population and refugees. In the fields of culture and science, the University of Frankfurt/Main is conducting a research and excavation project in the city of Mao (to the north-east of N’Djaména).