G7 and G20 Development Agenda Policy Support

Project description

Title: G7 and G20 Development Agenda Policy Support 
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: global
Overall term: 2016 to 2019


Through its multilateral development policy, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is helping to shape sustainable development worldwide. To this end, it works with governmental and non-governmental actors in and via international organisations, forums and networks.

Particularly significant amongst these are the Group of Seven (G7) and the Group of Twenty (G20). The G7 (industrialised nations) and G20 (industrialised nations and emerging economies) are forums for the leading industrialised nations and emerging economies. They represent a large proportion of the world’s population and economic output and agree common positions on global political issues. The annually rotating presidencies of the G7 and G20 perform an important task in shaping and implementing the relevant agendas. Every member country uses its presidency to highlight its own interests and topics. Germany held the presidency of the G7 in 2015 and the G20 in 2017. This means that, up until the end of 2018, it remained part of the G20 troika, in which the group’s current, previous and upcoming presidencies coordinate matters. 


German development policy is more prominent on the global stage.


The project is helping BMZ to anchor sustainable development topics from German development policy in the agendas of the G7 and G20, and is contributing to efforts to identify relevant alliances with selected donors on sustainable development issues.

The project provides a steady stream of specialist and technical papers to aid preparation for participation in topical G7 and G20 working groups and meetings of ministers, as well as preparing background papers and analyses. It promotes the anchoring of sustainable development topics in the G7 and G20 development agendas, making reference to fundamental multilateral issues where appropriate. 
Seconding personnel to the presidencies or the international organisations relevant to the G7/G20 development process helps to ensure that German interests are represented and that outcomes of development policy are followed up. 

In addition, BMZ is supported in its efforts to communicate substantive G7 and G20 issues in order to explain the significance of sustainable development topics to the general public and to enhance the legitimacy of the G7 and G20 as global political bodies. The project is also supporting dialogue with civil society actors. 


Agreements made by the G7 and G20 influence the global agenda, policymaking and the potential for development in partner countries of German development cooperation. The project helps to make the G7 and G20 development agendas more effective and thus improve the underlying political framework for people all over the world. During its presidencies of both groups, Germany successfully made sustainability and development more firmly integrated within their agendas and summit communiqués. 

Advice given by the project enabled BMZ to chair the G20’s ‘Development Working Group’ (DWG) successfully during Germany’s 2017 presidency of the G20.

Seconding personnel to the Argentinian Ministry of Social Development and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) significantly improved the flow of information between BMZ and the other institutions, and placed Germany’s development-policy priorities in Argentina’s and Japan’s G20 programmes.

The project has supported the dialogue with civil society actors and has thus integrated them more strongly within the G20 process.  

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