Support for pilot projects

Development partnerships with the private sector:

Whether the aim is to provide training for local employees, promote the use of climate-friendly technologies or improve social standards at production facilities – the objectives of private enterprises and actors involved in development cooperation often overlap. was set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to foster the involvement of the private sector at the point where business opportunities and development policy initiatives intersect.

Through the programme, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) provides companies investing in developing and emerging countries with financial and, if required, professional support. The company is responsible for covering at least half of the overall costs; BMZ contributes up to a maximum of EUR 200,000. These development partnerships with the private sector may last up to a maximum of three years and cover a wide variety of areas and topics – from eco-certification in Serbia to vocational training in India.

BMZ has appointed three public partners to implement the programme on its behalf: DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and sequa gGmbH. Companies taking part in always cooperate with one of these public partners. Since the launch of the programme in 1999, DEG, GIZ and sequa have realized over 1,500 development partnerships with German and European companies.

Companies are invited to register their interest with DEG, GIZ or sequa by participating in one of the ideas competitions held four times a year. These are open to all German and European companies and their subsidiaries in developing countries and emerging economies.

Development partnerships with the private sector that have the potential to achieve outstanding development benefits and involve several countries may receive more generous funding beyond the scope of the ideas competitions as Strategic Development Partnerships.

As a general rule, all countries included in the DAC List of ODA Recipients are possible project countries.

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Climate partnerships with the private sector

DEG is running the programme "Climate partnerships with the private sector" with a focus on the promotion of technology and knowledge transfer in order to support the development of a climate-friendly economy.

The initiative aims at mobilizing additional actors from the private sector for climate protection in developing and emerging-market countries.

The projects carried out so far are from different areas and vary according to scale. They range from demonstration projects for technologies such as energy-efficient biogas plants or heat recovery installations, to a photovoltaic training centre and an online-tool for emission-reducing production methods in the textiles and footwear industry.

The programme supports private-sector projects that promote the introduction of climate-friendly technology, adapt proven technology for greenhouse gas reduction to the specific conditions in the target countries or demonstrate the application of innovative technology and have a structure-building effect in connection with the use of climate-friendly energy.

Furthermore, it is important that the projects are not required by law, cannot be realized without public contribution and have not yet been started. As a general rule, all countries included in the DAC List of ODA Recipients are possible project countries.

German and European companies, also in cooperation with local companies, are eligible for the programme if their good financial standing ensures the economic viability and sustainability of the project. Accordingly, the company must have an annual turnover of at least 1 million euros, have a staff of at least ten people and have been in operation for at least three financial years.

Interested companies are invited to submit project proposals to DEG at any time. In the event of a positive decision, the company and DEG jointly develop a comprehensive project concept. An amount of up to 200,000 euros per project can be provided through the programme. The company must contribute at least 50 per cent of the overall project cost.

The programme "Climate partnerships with the private sector" is supported within the framework of the "International Climate Initiative" (IKI) of the BMU (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety).

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Project Development Programme (PDP)

The Project Development Programme (PDP) is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) within the scope of the German Energy Solutions Initiative and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

PDP supports German companies that are entering new markets in emerging and developing economies. The markets in these countries are extremely promising and dynamic, but at the same time present significant challenges to companies in the form of political instability, insufficient access to financing or a lack of qualified employees.

In cooperation with other GIZ projects and local German Chambers of Commerce abroad (the AHKs), PDP develops solutions to advance market development, establish partnerships between German and local enterprises, and promote climate friendly energy solutions.

Currently PDP works in 16 countries in South-East Asia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and in the Middle East.

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