Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development considers corruption to be a major handicap for economic development with devastating consequences for society, both economically and on political and social levels. Thus, 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 international level Germany supports the creation of and adherence to international anti-corruption standards through active involvement in the United Nations, the World Bank, the Group of Eight (G8), the 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 in1993.
The tackling of corruption is a field of assistance within the priority area of "Democracy, civil society, governance" as well as a cross-cutting task of German development cooperation.
By means of its new strategy on anticorruption, 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 as well as in the complete economic system.
For further information please refer to the ministry's site on the topic, the strategy paper “Anti-Corruption and Integrity in German Development Policy” which outlines the activities not only of the BMZ but also of other significant stakeholders within the German development cooperation.