DIE / IDDRI workshop: Options for closer cooperation and joint leadership of France and Germany towards global sustainable development after the Treaty of Aachen

April 05, 2019, Berlin

Christophe Angely, Head of Strategy at FERDI, discussed on the theme of the Sahel Alliance

On 5 April 2019, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungpolitik (DIE) and Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales / Institut d'études politiques de Paris (IDDRI) convened a workshop with French and German experts on global development and development cooperation. L'objectif était de discuter du renforcement de la coopération franco-allemande sur l'Agenda 2030, en particulier après le traité d'Aix-la-Chapelle signé en janvier 2019. The objective was to discuss the strengthening of Franco-German cooperation on the Agenda 2030, in particular after the Treaty of Aachen signed in January 2019.

Participants included representatives from various ministries (the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs MEAE, German Ministry for Development and Economic Cooperation BMZ, German Federal Foreign Office AA, German Chancellery Bundeskanzleramt), the French Embassy, the implementing agencies (Agence française de développement AFD, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ, Kreditbank für Wiederaufbau KfW), representatives of civil society (VENRO, Welthungerhilfe) as well as research institutes (German Institute of Global and Area Studies GIGA, Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international FERDI), the International Organization for Migration and German political foundations (Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Foundation).

The considered topics reached from the national institutional settings over bilateral cooperation to the coordination at the EU and the multilateral level. Findings were illustrated by concrete examples (Sahel Alliance, climate change mitigation, populisms, cooperation with the partner countries India and Morocco). The workshop closed with a policy round table including the CEO of the French development bank (AFD) and representatives of BMZ, the French foreign ministry as well as KfW, who provided an outlook on the future of French-German cooperation.