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Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development  : Bill Clinton visits BMZ – German Development Ministry enters into cooperation with Clinton Foundation – focus on Africa

05/26/2013 | 03:39am EDT
Cooperation agreement Bill Clinton visits BMZ - German De­vel­op­ment Ministry enters into co­op­er­a­tion with Clinton Foundation

26.05.2013 |

Berlin - Today in Berlin, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation, and German De­vel­op­ment Minister Dirk Niebel will be signing a co­op­er­a­tion agreement. The focus of the two sides' co­op­er­a­tion will be on Africa, which is undergoing rapid political, economic and social change. In sectoral terms, the joint activities will focus on ag­ri­cul­ture and health.

Dirk Niebel said, "Private foundations such as the Clinton Foundation are new players in in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion. They make valuable contributions toward solving global problems. That is why the BMZ has been expanding its co­op­er­a­tion and exchange with foundations. We want to develop new forms of co­op­er­a­tion between governments, civil society, foundations and enterprises in order to jointly identify sus­tain­able solutions."

The first practical step within the framework of the two sides' new co­op­er­a­tion will be support from the BMZ for a Clinton Foundation project concerned with improving rural health care in Malawi. Over the next three years, the BMZ will be providing a total of up to 2.4 million euros for the project. The project's purpose is to set up additional health centres in underserved rural areas in order to give Malawi's people better access to basic health services.  These health centres will serve communities in and around the areas in which the Clinton Foundation has been working to help farmers increase their income.

The Clinton Foundation works to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the en­vi­ron­ment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. In Malawi and beyond, the Clinton Foundation encourages economic growth by empowering farmers with the tools they need to support their families and uplift their communities.

The BMZ is engaged in close co­op­er­a­tion with African coun­tries. Africa's weight and its ambition to be involved in setting the in­ter­na­tional agenda are increasing. In response to the continent's transformation, the German gov­ern­ment wants to interact with Africa on the basis of a partnership between equals, a partnership that highlights Africa's growing importance and ownership. One im­por­tant basis for Germany's co­op­er­a­tion with Africa is the German government's Africa Strategy.

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