Germany has been committed to the Principles of Good Humanitarian Donorship since their formulation in 2003.

In order to promote good humanitarian donorship Germany has become active in various international political efforts to further improve the international humanitarian system, e.g. in negotiations of humanitarian aid-related documents at the UN, in the OCHA Donor Support Group, in the Executive and Advisory Boards and Groups of humanitarian organisations and in the EU Working Party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid (COHAFA). Germany's main focus in the Good Humanitarian Donorship Initiative is currently to better measure donor performance against the GHD principles.


The conceptual framework of Germany's humanitarian aid consists of the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid, as the overall strategy, and funding and policy guidelines for the various humanitarian instruments (emergency aid, transition aid, disaster risk reduction, humanitarian mine clearance, food assistance). Germany takes the LRRD (Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development) approach very seriously. The creation of a separate budget line for transition aid is an expression of this. From 2005 to 2009 Germany increased its contribution to international humanitarian aid by 40%. Funding is provided by grants to international organisations as well as NGOs. Consultative body with German humanitarian actors is the Humanitarian Aid Coordination Committee (Koordinierungsausschuss Humanitäre Hilfe).


Germany is a staunch supporter of the central coordinating role of the UN, namely OCHA, in international humanitarian aid. From 2012 to 2013 Germany will chair the OCHA Donor Support Group (ODSG).