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  1. 1. 18 D S W i n Ger m any» Policy Work in Germany DSW maintains close links with policy makers in liaison office in Berlin continues to raise the profile Germany on issues relating to sexual and repro- of DSW and the areas we are engaged with by ductive health and rights (SRHR) and global health remaining in close dialogue with decision-makers in (GH) in low- and middle-income countries. We work the Bundestag and government ministries. Combined towards achieving greater transparency, efficiency with our expertise and over twenty years experience and harmonisation in the use of financial resources in the field of SRHR, DSW is seen as a trusted and and public funding in support of these issues. Our valued partner in Germany.» What Have We Achieved in Germany? Highlights from the past year include: © CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion » Family planning is now high on the development agenda. In 2011, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) launched the “Initiative on Rights-based Family Planning and Maternal Health”, which is set to be implemented by 2015. Specific goals include: to improve knowl- edge and acceptance of modern family planning » With support from the All Party Parliamentary methods; to expand access to modern family Group (APPG), the CDU/CSU parliamentary group planning methods and services and; to increase the placed the topic of population dynamics firmly on number of births attended by health professionals. the political agenda. At the CDU/CSU Congress in This initiative has come about as a direct result February 2012, Renate Baehr, Minister Dirk Niebel, of our advocacy in the field of family planning and and Executive Director of the UN Population Fund, reproductive health. DSW is actively involved in Babatunde Osotimehin, spoke about the need for monitoring and shaping this initiative. better planning and investment in people in order to achieve sustainable development. » In October 2011, DSW welcomed 150 participants to an international conference “Sub-Saharan Africa: Transforming Population Dynamics into an Conference Documentation Opportunity”. It was held in cooperation with KfW International Conference on Sub-Saharan Africa: Entwicklungsbank, Germany’s development bank, Transforming Population Dynamics into an Opportunity and was attended by international experts from the World Bank, UNFPA, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and high-ranking African institutions. Participants discussed the complex linkages between population dynamics and sustainable development Berlin Institute for Population and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa and shared best practices on in cooperation with how population issues in Africa can be integrated › ›› Lilli Sippel, Tanja Kiziak, Franziska Woellert, Reiner Klingholz into development programmes on the ground. The October 21, 2011 Africa’s Demographic held at KfW Berlin Branch Germany Challenges conference highlighted findings of a study “Africa’s How a young population can make development possible Demographic Challenges”, published by the Berlin Institute for Population and Development in coop- eration with DSW and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in September 2011. ulation +++ East Asia is ageing +++ education and family planning are requirements for development +++ take advantage of the demographic dividend s +++ sustainable development policies need population dimensions +++ meet the unmet need +++ create access to family planning +++ integrated proje
  2. 2. DSW in Ge rmany 19All Party Parliamentary GroupFormed by DSW in 2003, the APPG consists of34 members of the German Bundestag and workstowards increasing political and financial commitmentsfrom the German Government for GH in low- tomiddle-income countries. Meeting approx, ten timesa year, DSW informs members by facilitatingdiscussions and presentations from leading expertsin the field of international development. Followingthese meetings, members often take action byadvancing issues discussed. For instance in July 2011,the APPG initiated a letter signed by all members that health, and education in the new BMZ educationasked Germany’s Development Minister Dirk Niebel strategy. As a result, the new draft of the educationto include stronger language on girls in development strategy presented on February 9th 2012 included aand stress the link between SRHR, family planning, new objective containing reference to these linkages. » On September 21st 2011, Renate Baehr, DSW’s Executive Director, spoke in the Development Committee of the German Parliament about the situation of vulnerable girls in low- to middle- income countries regarding their SRHR needs. That same day an All-Party Resolution was adopted in favour of supporting the introduction of the UN Day of the Girl Child.» DSW organised two parliamentary evenings » DSW Berlin works very closely with the German focused on raising awareness on the need for Research Ministry (BMBF) to ensure political and improved access to vaccinations in 2011. We financial commitment for research activities in are committed to ensuring that the German the field of poverty related and neglected diseases Government supports the Global Alliance for such as HIV & AIDS, TB, and malaria. In May 2011, Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) so that this support was confirmed by Parliamentary State children in low- to middle-income countries Secretary, Dr. Helge Braun at a special DSW can access to much-needed vaccines. conference, “Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Advancing Global Health – A Development ApproachIn April 2011, DSW participated at the forty-fourth for Germany?”. In total, 20 million Euro funding willsession of the Commission on Population and be provided over four years (2011–2014) to advanceDevelopment (CPD) at the UN Headquarters in New product development partnerships (PDPs) forYork. The theme of the session was “Fertility, repro- MDG 4. This type of funding is completely new inductive health and development”, and the next steps German research funding and comes as a directtowards the twentieth anniversary of the Cairo result of DSW’s advocacy efforts in this area.Programme of Action in 2014. As a member of theofficial German delegation to the CPD, DSWparticipated in daily meetings of the delegation andcohosted a side event titled “Family Planning: Keyto Saving Lives” which was attended by more than100 representatives from UNFPA, the UN PopulationDivision, national delegations and several non-governmental organisations. Feedback from ourattendance has been very positive: the side event wasseen as a very successful tool for political positioningand agenda setting, and the German Governmenthave asked DSW to join the German delegation tothe CPD in the upcoming years.

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