Economic and Social Council


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The Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) as the 4th economy
in the world, important EU member is obliged to participate in and roll out triangular
cooperation programs in order to establish sustainable development around the globe.
Moreover, Germany thanks to its history of division into German Democratic Republic and
Federal Republic of Germany and successful integrations of two economically different states
has a great experience in developing and providing socio-economic assistance programs.
There is no internationally agreed definition of triangular cooperation. Germany's involvement
in this type of development cooperation works as follows: Germany, as a traditional donor,
works with an emerging economy that acts as a second donor. Together, they mobilise
knowledge, experience and funding to jointly support a developing country (the recipient). All
countries with which Germany engages in development cooperation can be triangular
cooperation recipients. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
(BMZ, Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung) attaches
importance to all three partners being involved in planning, implementing and financing the
project. Germany wants to be more than just the provider of funds or contacts; we want to be
actively in...