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Development Policy

Development Policy


Good development policy is more than just drilling wells. In other words, development policy is helping people to help themselves, working in partnership to find solutions for the different regions.

Angela Merkel, former German Chancellor

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Development Policy Is Future Policy

Within the meaning of the 2030 Agenda, development policy is a central field of action for achieving sustainable development worldwide. Germany can play an important role here through cooperation with partner countries around the globe in thematic areas such as combating poverty and inequality, climate and environmental protection as well as the promotion of social and economic development opportunities. For this, development policy needs to be seen as an essential component of our international relations and coherently deployed in interaction with other policy areas, such as foreign, economic and security policy.


Development Policy Is Helping People to Help Themselves

By means of development policy, we advocate for the creation of humane living conditions worldwide, and foster sustainable and self-determined development. The principle of helping people to help themselves is a central guiding theme here. Targeted support intends to empower actors to contribute towards the sustainable social, economic, and ecological development of their respective countries or regions.

Against this backdrop, development policy also includes working to improve global economic framework conditions in favour of developing countries and championing the principles of social market economy across the world as well as a fair rule of law and strong institutions.


Development Policy Is International Cooperation

This means development policy can only be conceived of in partnership, be it bilateral relations with partner countries or through cooperation at the multilateral level. With its numerous partnerships and active participation within the framework of the EU and relevant multilateral forums, Germany is well positioned here. Together like like-minded partners, we can contribute towards value-based international development and thus represent a counterbalance to players such as China.


Development Policy Is Firmly Embedded in the Work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Since the 1960’s, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has been committed in its international work to improving the political framework conditions in developing countries through development policy activities, among other things, in order to foster democracy, rule of law and the respect for human rights. The promotion of equal rights, climate protection and economic development are important issues, too. That is why close cooperation with local partners is central to the Stiftung’s project work.

International Offices and Programmes

As part of a sustainable development policy, the commitment to democracy, rule of law, freedom and social market economy plays a prominent role for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. For this reason, we engage with our international offices worldwide, promoting democratic structures and processes, and thus helping to empower relevant players to play a role in successful and sustainable social, economic, and ecological development.

Multinational Development Dialogue

The Multinational Development Dialogue (MNED) programme located in Brussels, New York and Washington D.C., is responsible for dialogue with the European Union, NATO and the United Nations in development policy, but also for the networking of partners and experts from the worldwide KAS network with relevant institutions. Furthermore, a project team based in Brussels and Berlin supports the offices of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in third countries when applying for EU projects.


Learn more about the Multinational Development Dialogue Brussels

Learn more about Multinational Development Dialogue New York

Learn more about Multinational Development Dialogue USA

International Media Programme

Kameramann Tim Weber


A democracy only functions if freedom of the press and of expression are guaranteed. However, these basic conditions do not exist in many countries around the world. That is why our offices in Johannesburg, Singapore and Sofia support media in the respective region with accepting its political responsibility and with contributing towards the development of democracy and strengthening statutory framework conditions. This enables the emergence of an independent media landscape as well as establishing a basis for the free formation of opinions in politics and society.


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International Rule of Law Programme

Weltkarte – Weltweit für den Rechtsstaat Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung


Since 1990, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has complemented its international projects for democracy promotion and political dialogue with the transnational Global Rule of Law Programme. Locations of the five regional programmes are in Bogotá for Latin America, Singapore for Asia, Nairobi Dakar for Sub-Saharan Africa, Bucharest for South-East Europe and Beirut for the Middle East/North Africa. Global activities concerning the rule of law are coordinated from Berlin.


Learn more about the Rule of Law Programme

International Energy Security and Climate Change Programmes

Windräder am Deich in Ostfriesland | Foto: Allie Caulfield / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 Allie Caulfield / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 / Stefan Stahlberg


Since 2015, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has been helping to strengthen supranational dialogue on the issues of energy, climate, and environmental policy. Our Regional Programmes are located in: Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Middle East and North Africa. Here special emphasis is placed on accompanying currents debates, developing solutions as well as promoting specific projects of sustainable action in politics, business and society within the meaning of a sustainable development policy.


Learn more about the Energy Security and Climate Change Programme


Publication Series

In addition to individual publications on the issue, with the publication series “Development Policy Monitor” the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provides a series of articles dedicated to the role of non-traditional donor countries in development cooperation.

Development Policy Monitor

Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenia Michal Huniewicz / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0


Articles of the publication series Development Policy Monitor deal with non-traditional donor countries, the approaches and objectives that these states pursue with it, and the influence and potential impact on German development policy cooperation as well as the international development landscape.


Learn more about the series Development Policy Monitor




As part of its work as a globally active political think tank, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is attempting to establish networks and bring relevant experts together, so as to promote the exchange of ideas on internationally significant issues and problems and to help develop solutions.

Strong Cities 2030 Network

Strong-Cities-2030 / Stadtpanorama imran shahabuddin / flickr / CC BY 2.0


The Strong Cities 2030 network plays a crucial role in international cooperation for sustainable development. With it, the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation has created an association in the framework of which politicians alongside urban development experts from around the world come together to discuss new approaches and ideas for functioning cities in the future.


Learn more about the “Strong Cities 2030” network

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Development Policy Monitor
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Publications to the topic

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East African Ports in the Geostrategic Scramble
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"Global Gateway" slowly gathers momentum
The Global Gateway Forum on October 25 and 26 in Brussels brought together high-level representatives from over 40 countries.
Participants of the Joint Statement on Investment Facilitation for Development
Map of the Month 09/2023
Chatham House cover image2023-09-07
Tanzania´s global economic diplomacy: Evaluating international partnerships for prosperity
Roundtable meeting in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
EiR July-2023 Issue
“Europe in Review” July-2023 Edition
News about Current Developments on Democracy, the Rule of Law, Social Market Economy, and the Cooperation between Europe and Southeast Asia
UNO-Soldat in Mali IMAGO / Le Pictorium
The Blue Helmet Mission in Mali is facing its end
Further aggravation of the security crisis in the Sahel
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Spiral of violence in Costa Rica
No end in sight?
Study Creating a European Municipality of Novo Selo - Integrity Policy for 0 Corruption
Creating a European Municipality of Novo Selo: Integrity Policy for Zero Corruption
Integrity Study and Integrity Handbook
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Creating a European Municipality of Gevgelija: Integrity Policy for Zero Corruption
Integrity Study and Integrity Handbook
Least-developed countries at the World Trade Organization (WTO)
Map of the Month 05/2023
Equality spelled out with Scrabble.
Feminism in International Development Policy
Well Intentioned But Not Well Designed
The National Assembly Globe in Nigeria Ovinuchi Prince Ejiohuo / CC BY-SA 4.0 / Wikimedia Commons
Nigeria before the 2023 elections
The crisis-ridden country faces the mammoth logistical task of conducting the biggest elections Africa has ever seen.
Beyond the binary: examining dynamic youth voterbehaviour in South Africa
Getreideähre Flickr / Peter Sieling
„Leave NO ONE behind“ – der Welternährungstag 2022
Überlegungen und Handlungsoptionen zur weltweiten Hungerlage
Greening Africas News Deserts
Greening Africa’s news deserts
The search for sustainable local media in sub-Saharan Africa
Call for Proposals
Proposal applications are open all year round.
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Präsidentschaftswahlen mit Signalwirkung
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Moldovan President Maia Sandu meets European Council President Charles Michel in Chisinau Reuters / Vladislav Culiomza
„Die Zukunft der Republik Moldau liegt in der Europäischen Union!“
Die Republik Moldau erhält den Status eines Beitrittskandidaten zur Europäischen Union. Das bedeutet: Jetzt beginnt die Arbeit erst richtig!
Das nationale Internet-Gateway (Symbolbild) Unsplash / FLY:D
Das nationale Internet-Gateway
Ein Weg zur Internet-Zensur in Kambodscha?
Neue multilaterale Entwicklungsbanken als Eckpfeiler chinesischer Großmachtpolitik KAS Peking
New Kids on the Block: AIIB und NDB
New Multilateral Development Banks: A Cornerstone of Chinese Superpower Politics?

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Event Reports on the topic

Event Reports on the topic

KAS-Stipendiaten aus Afrika Martin Reuber
Gemeinsam gehen will gelernt sein
Ein Werkstattbericht über die Zukunft der afrikanisch-europäischen Partnerschaft
The Agony of Choice – Political Participation in the Middle East and North Africa in the 2020’s KAS
The Agony of Choice
Political Participation in the Middle East and North Africa in the 2020's
Moldauische Staatspräsidentin Maia Sandu zu Gast bei der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Alexandru Vdovicenco
"Die Bürgerinnen und Bürger in der Moldau wollen Reformen"
Moldauische Staatspräsidentin Maia Sandu zu Gast bei der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2021 UN
Globale Schuldenkrise und COVID19 – ein verlorenes Jahrzehnt für die Entwicklungszusammenarbeit?
Lessons learned für eine nachhaltige Kommunikation
Abschluss der Online-Seminarreihe "Kommunikation, Resilienz und Sicherheit"
Prof. Dr. Lammert Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
Strengthening the partnership between Europe and Africa
African and European parliamentarians discuss ways of closer parliamentary cooperation
Rechtsstaatsprogramm Subsahara-Afrika Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
Fachkonferenz zum Thema "Das südliche Afrika nach dem Wahljahr 2019"
1. Veranstaltung am 09.12.2019 in Berlin (Kooperationspartner: SWP)
2. Veranstaltung am 10.12.2019 in Freiburg (Kooperationspartner: Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut)
Unter dem Blick Pancho Villas, der vor mehr als 100 Jahren für Mexikos Freiheit kämpfte, besprachen Dr. Wahlers und Hans-Hartwig Blomeier, Büroleiter in Mexiko, die aktuellen Herausforderungen des Landes mit Laura Rojas, Vorsitzende des mexikanischen Parlaments und PAN-Politikerin.
„Mexiko ist ein Schlüsselland für die Stabilität Lateinamerikas“
Mexiko-Reise des Stellvertretenden Generalsekretär der KAS, Dr. Gerhard Wahlers
Subsahara Afrika Rieck Moncayo
Unser Nachbarkontinent im Fokus
Chancen und Hindernisse für die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung der Länder Afrikas in der Subsahara
00_JuPo030719 Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
„Du in der Welt“ - Mitdenken, Mitreden, Mitgestalten – welche Verantwortung hast Du für die Welt?
JugendpolitikTag in Bonn
Buchvorlesung - KAS/Juliane Liebers
„Deutschland kann sich vor den Herausforderungen nicht wegducken“
Buchpräsentation „Kein Ende der Gewalt? Friedensethik für eine globalisierte Welt“
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„Deutschland muss mehr Verantwortung übernehmen“
Bericht von der 3. „Karl-Carstens-Rede" mit Friedrich Merz
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Maman Sambo Sidikou und Dr. Gerhard Wahlers KAS/Sophie Fricke
Die G5 Sahel: Eine regionale Lösung für regionale Herausforderungen
Die Teilnehmer des Panels zum Thema Urbanisierung (v.l.n.r.): Dr. Maximilian Mayer, Joris van Etten, Stephan Werhahn, Philip Kang
„Fernost…und doch so nah!“
12. Fachtagung Entwicklung und Wirtschaft zu Europas Umgang mit den Herausforderungen aus Ost- und Südost-Asien
Tundu Lissu
„Die Opposition wird systematisch ausgeschaltet“
Politische Repression und Gewalt in Tansania
Diskussion über die strategische Kultur in Deutschland Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. / Stefan Stahlberg
„Eine über die Perioden reichende strategische Geduld“
Intensive Diskussion über die neuen Anforderungen an Deutschlands strategische Kultur
Diskussion Sebastian Beug
"Viele Afrikaner haben die Absicht wegzugehen, aber noch nicht die Mittel"
Diskussion zur Migration und Entwicklungspolitik in Afrika
Prof. Norbert Lammert mit Namibias Präsident Dr. Hage Geingob Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
„Demokratie steht und fällt mit dem Engagement ihrer Bürger“
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Namibia feiert 30-jähriges Jubiläum


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