Shaping multilateral development policy and positioning German development policy concerns in the G7 and G20

Supporting Multilateral Development Policy and G7/G20 Development Agendas

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  • Client

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Runtime

    2020 to 2024

  • Products and expertise

    Government and democracy


In various international forums, the German Government is fostering cooperation among a number of nations in support of the common effort to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. This approach is referred to as multilateral development policy.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is thus working to ensure that development and sustainability policy objectives play an important role in the G7, the G20 and other multilateral forums. In doing so, it is solidifying the development policy achievements of Germany's 2022 presidency of the G7 for the long term.


BMZ has shaped the agendas of the G7, the G20 and other multilateral forums to reflect the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, reinforced the results achieved during Germany's G7 presidency in 2022, and enhanced the involvement of civil society actors in the G7/G20 processes.


To accomplish these objectives, the project works in the following areas:

  • Shaping multilateral development policy: The project advises BMZ on implementing the new multilateral strategy. In doing so, it identifies opportunities to facilitate more closely knit bilateral and multilateral development cooperation. This involves analysing trends in multilateral development policy and supporting increased involvement in multilateral networks, as well as in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The project also advises on cooperating with donors outside of Europe.
  • Supporting the development agendas of the G7 and G20: The project provides advisory services to BMZ on anchoring Germany's development policy priorities in the G7 and G20. To that end, it is seconding staff to G7/G20 partners and international organisations.
  • Promoting the legitimacy of the G7 and G20: To ensure that the concerns of civil society actors from Germany and the Global South are better represented in the agendas of the G7 and G20, the project develops dialogue formats and supports selected partner organisations from the Global South.

Last update: May 2023