Germany joined the ESTHER-Alliance in 2004. The German contribution to the Alliance is coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the ESTHER Germany Secretariat.
Through the great success of ESTHER Partnership in the past, the BMZ and the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS) have launched the initiative Health Partnerships – Partners strengthen Health as a member of ESTHER. Cooperation partners are the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The initiative is currently supporting two funding programs. The Health Partnerships – Global funding program implements projects around the world in various specialist fields. There are two funding rounds per year. The University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa program, on the other hand, has a regional and thematic focus. Universities and hospitals in Germany with partners in sub-Saharan Africa are usually eligible to apply for funding every three years for a specific specialist area.
ESTHER Germany instigates and facilitates hospital and university partnerships, establishes and promotes networks between institutions in Germany and in partner countries and liaises with relevant ministries. Capacity Development is at the core of these partnership projects and is seen as a holistic approach through which people, organizations and societies mobilize, maintain, adapt and expand their ability to manage their own sustainable development.