GIZ German-Ugandan development cooperation dates back to 1964, two years after the East African state declared its independence.
In 2007, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) declared Uganda a priority country for development cooperation. At the bilateral negotiations between the Ugandan and German governments, held in Kampala in May 2013, both sides agreed that this cooperation should focus on three main priority areas:
- Renewable energies and energy efficiency
- Sustainable economic development/rural and agricultural finance
- Water and sanitation.
It was also agreed that good governance and adherence to human rights, including the rights of vulnerable groups and sexual minorities, were fundamental principles for Ugandan-German development cooperation.