The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development considers corruption to be a major handicap for economic development with devastating consequences for society, economically, politicaly and socialy. To fight bribery within its programmes it has adopted a zero-tolerance policy concerning its own ranks and its financial and technical cooperation with external partners. German development policy addresses the tackling of corruption and economic crime at various levels:
At an international level Germany supports the creation of and adherence to international anti-corruption standards through active involvement in the United Nations, World Bank, Group of Eight (G8), Group of Twenty (G20) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Germany attaches great importance to working for greater transparency in sectors that are susceptible to corruption. In particular, it is involved in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Germany has also been working closely with Transparency International since its inception.
The tackling of corruption is a field of assistance within the priority area of "Democracy, civil society, governance" and a cross-cutting task of German development cooperation.
Through its anti-corruption strategy, the BMZ uses innovative approaches and explicitly demands stronger private sector cooperation. Alongside the German Global Compact Network, the BMZ is developing an “Alliance for Integrity” within the private sector. As a large-scale alliance between the state, private sector and civil society, it aims to promote integrity-minded behavior in developing and emerging countries within the sphere of business partners and in the complete economic system.
For further information refer to the BMZ's Good Governance page, which outlines the activities of the BMZ and other significant stakeholders within the German development cooperation.