German bilateral development cooperation is structured along the lines of the BMZ’s subordinate specifications, priorities and scope for action in terms of development policy. In collaboration with the partner countries, the BMZ faces the challenge of reconciling the cooperation interests of those involved and orienting and managing the country portfolios strategically in line with the agreed goals so that the relevance and effectiveness of the engagement is ensured.
The object of the study is strategic portfolio management by the BMZ. Firstly, an analysis looks at the extent to which the country portfolios are successfully aligned with the overarching priorities and requirements and which factors facilitate or impede the BMZ’s strategic management. Secondly, the BMZ’s strategic planning and management requirements and processes are explained. The findings from the execution of Country Portfolio Reviews (CPR) form the basis for the analysis. Also examined is the extent to which the findings from CPR are used for country-specific strategy processes and the structuring of the country portfolios to generate conclusions with regard to the usability of CPR for strategic portfolio management.