Development cooperation is a central task of international politics. Even if the competencies for development cooperation basically lie with the federal government, the state of Thuringia strives to make a contribution in this policy field and to cooperate with the federal government on a case-by-case or project basis.
The state government of Schleswig-Holstein, namely the Ministry for Energy Transition, Agriculture, Environment, Nature and Digitalization (MELUND), which is responsible for development cooperation (DC), successfully supports the activities of development policy initiatives through, among other things, an annual grant to the state network Bündnis Eine Welt (BEI) Schleswig-Holstein as well as development-related projects of non-governmental organizations through earmarked proceeds from the state's own lottery "BINGO!".
In Saxony-Anhalt, statewide coordination of development cooperation takes place in the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digitalization (MW).
Development policy guidelines
The Free State of Saxony supports the goal of sustainable development in favor of a sustainable society in the sense of the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the associated Sustainable Development Goals. In joint responsibility with the federal government and local authorities, Saxony will contribute its share to achieving the goals by 2030 and beyond. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted as part of the 2030 Agenda apply to all countries on earth. One important component is support for development cooperation.
The department of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Saarland is responsible for this topic. Its goal is to work closely with non-governmental organizations active in development policy.
Together with the non-governmental organizations, global responsibility is assumed: Partnerships with developing countries are cultivated and development policy information and education work as well as civic engagement for the "One World" are promoted.
The starting point for the state government's development policy activities is its clear commitment to the elementary values of Western constitutions - human dignity, democracy and the rule of law. The New Development Policy Priorities of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, which were adopted by the cabinet in December 2019, confirm that North Rhine-Westphalia works with its international partners in this spirit. The guiding principles of North Rhine-Westphalia's development policy are subsidiarity and self-determination.
Lower Saxony is primarily involved in development cooperation on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting projects in the Eastern Cape (South Africa) and Tanzania. In addition to development cooperation with partners abroad, the state supports development education and information work at home and promotes the Association for Development Policy of Lower Saxony (Verband Entwicklungspolitik Niedersachsen e.V.). (VEN) in corresponding projects.
With its development policy, the Rhineland-Palatinate state government wants to help fight poverty worldwide, make globalization fairer and protect the environment. In doing so, it is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 as a reference framework for policy in Rhineland-Palatinate. Development policy today is about more than projects and programs. It is about fundamental political, social and economic changes that must take place worldwide.
Development policy in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Hesse is consciously facing up to the challenges of globalization and, in adopting its development policy guidelines, has committed itself to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 and emphasized in its basic principles that development cooperation and human rights are inextricably linked.