Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (20 May) on funding for the German Foundation for Peace Research:
Crises and conflicts now dominate the foreign-policy agenda more than ever before. That holds even more true during the corona pandemic, which has plunged the entire world into turmoil. In order to overcome this crisis, we look to the researchers who are working extremely hard around the world to understand the virus and its concrete effects and to develop vaccines and medicines.
As regards the other crises in the world, which we have not forgotten, we need to know the causes of conflicts, the triggers, the parameters and the influential factors. Only if we understand situations in depth will we be able to alleviate crises and work on solutions. Here too, we rely on research and academia.
The German Foundation for Peace Research plays a particularly crucial role in funding research projects, as well as in knowledge transfer and dialogue on knowledge. For example, it supports research in the field of post-conflict peacebuilding, arms control, disarmament, new technologies and stabilisation. Between 2020 and 2023, the Federal Foreign Office will provide the foundation with six million euro in funding, thus increasing its capital and enhancing its financial scope.
The German Foundation for Peace Research was established in 2000 by the Federation, represented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Its role is to enhance peace and conflict research, particularly in Germany, in order to reflect the importance of this research for foreign and security policy and to foster its political and financial independence.
The recommendations of the German Council of Science and Humanities published in July 2019 underlined the key role played by the Foundation. In order to improve the Foundation’s funding situation, the Federal Foreign Office signed a funding agreement today on providing 1.5 million euro in 2020. Further payments of this amount have been earmarked for the next three years.