India is a strategic partner for German development cooperation.
The Indian-German development cooperation goes back to 1958. It has changed over time, following the demand expressed by the Government of India, and is currently concentrating on:
• Climate and energy (with a focus on climate adaptation and mitigation, renewable energy and energy efficiency and sustainable urban development);
• Environment and resources (with a focus on forest, water and agriculture/agroecological approaches);
• Vocational training, health, pandemic response and One Health approach (phasing out).
Till date, including the commitments of 2021, the total volume of Technical and Financial Cooperation has reached almost Euro 22 billion. For Germany, India is one of the biggest partners in bilateral development cooperation and is valued as a Global Partner with whom we are tackling global challenges together to realize the Paris climate targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.
With the new Indo-German Partnership for Green and Sustainable Development signed by Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Scholz at the 6th Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations in Berlin on 2 May 2022, this cooperation has been uplifted to a new level, with Germany announcing to provide additional funds of Euro 10 billion for the next 10 years.
In a step that underlines the maturation of the joint cooperation, the governments of India and Germany in 2022 have agreed to explore projects in trilateral cooperation, with India and Germany as donors that bring in their respective experience and expertise from classical development cooperation and South-South cooperation for the benefit of a third developing country.
A more detailed overview on Indo-German cooperation is provided on the website of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The German Government provides direct assistance and quick relief for the least privileged parts of society through the small scale project programme.