Feministische Entwicklungspolitik
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Feminist development policy

Find out more about the concept of feminist development policy, how it relates to feminist foreign policy, and why we all benefit from it.

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Strengthening women’s rights

Women and girls are particularly important in development policy as they are often the driving force behind better nutrition and education as well as societal and economic progress. Wherever women and girls have a chance to contribute, there is less poverty, less hunger and fewer environmental problems. Instead there is greater prosperity and security.

Women are at a disadvantage everywhere in the world, albeit to different extents. They make up half of the global population, but still have nowhere near half the power and resources. Feminist development policy aims to counter this inequality; its remit is to break down discriminatory structures and effect systemic change

Equality promotes peace and security

In recognition of this fact, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has adopted a new strategy for feminist development policy. It is based on the knowledge that the contributions that women and girls make are essential. Denying them the chance to contribute and participate would mean squandering significant potential, especially in development cooperation.

You can find out precisely what that means, where women play a major role, and how GIZ is supporting them on behalf of the German Government in various articles on the following pages.  

per cent
of all BMZ funds provided from 2025 onwards will foster gender equality.
Illustration mit Megafon für feministische Entwicklungspolitik

What is feminist development policy?

What does German feminist development policy mean? akzente asked international activists to share their thoughts with us.
Illustration einer Frau mit farbigen Schleifen

Feminist development policy: clear goals and a clear stance

BMZ adopted its feminist development policy strategy a few months ago. Annette Mummert explains why this is important and what it means for GIZ’s work.
Mind the gap!

Mind the gap!

Feminist development policy specifically promotes gender equality and is therefore an essential factor for peace and development. But how do things stand in the education, business, policy-making and health sectors? Our infographics have the answer.
James Macbeth Forbes

‘For girls and women, not against men’

James Macbeth Forbes, GIZ Country Director in Uganda, explains why feminist development policy is important for everyone.
María Fernanda Ávila

‘If I start a business, it must support women’

Three questions for entrepreneur María Fernanda Ávila about her company and her motivation to do something to counter violence against women in Ecuador
Suzan Aref

Prioritising peace

Suzan Aref has dedicated her life to protecting and supporting women in Iraq. We turn the spotlight on her life and work.
Fair, smart and current

Fair, smart and current

All over the world, women face disadvantages. Feminist development policy aims to address the causes of this inequality.
Renata Giannini

‘Promoting gender rights across continents’

The German Federal Foreign Office has introduced a new feminist foreign policy. Renata Giannini from the Unidas Women’s Network explains how it could influence German-Latin American relations.