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    KfW Development Bank in 2020

    We promote development

    KfW promotes development projects in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and South-eastern Europe on behalf of the Federal Government. It supports developing and emerging market countries in improving living conditions and protecting the climate and the environment.

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    Significant increase in new commitments in 2020

    On behalf of the German Federal Government, KfW provided EUR 11 billion for financing in developing countries and emerging economies. Around EUR 4 billion of this was part of the COVID-19 emergency support programme for the partner countries of German development cooperation.

    You can find information on the origin, use and impact of our funding in KfW's transparency portal and under Our topics and Our results.

    Implementation of the COVID-19 emergency support programme with a wide range of measures

    Many developing countries and emerging economies were severely affected by the pandemic, in both human and economic terms. KfW contractually committed a total of around EUR 4 billion in 2020 to support partner countries in overcoming the pandemic and its consequences, and has disbursed around EUR 3 billion. A total of 118 projects in 42 countries and 22 (supra-)regional approaches have been implemented, with 36% of commitments going to programmes in African partner countries. We supported partners in the following areas on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in 2020:

    Check the KfW Development Bank website for news on individual projects and reports from our local offices on the coronavirus situation in their country.
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    5 years of the Paris Climate Agreement – achievements so far

    The Paris Agreement on climate change was signed at the UN Climate Change Conference COP 21 five years ago. Its stated objective is to limit global warming to 1.5°C. All signatory countries agreed to cut their CO2 emissions to effectively respond to climate change.

    Focus on Africa – status of investment in employment

    KfW Development Bank is continuously expanding its commitment in Africa and, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is supporting reforms, democratic processes and economic growth wherever possible. Projects in 42 African countries are receiving support with 35% of the commitments. The measures are diverse.

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