Opportunities on offer for private companies

The programme

Worker in a steel ore processing plant in Mauretania

Through the programme, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) provides companies investing in developing countries and emerging economies with financial and, if required, professional support. The company must contribute at least half of the overall costs involved. Contributions by the BMZ can total up to 200,000 euros. These development partnerships with the private sector may last up to a maximum of three years and cover a wide variety of sectors and topics.

Companies taking part in always cooperate with one of the three public partners appointed by the BMZ to implement the programme on its behalf: German Investment and Development Company (DEG), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) or the Foundation for Economic Development and Vocational Training, sequa. Since the launch of the programme in 1999, DEG, GIZ and sequa have initiated more than 1,700 development partnerships with German and European businesses.

Four times a year, businesses can submit expressions of interest to DEG, GIZ or sequa in what are known as "ideas competitions". Any German or European business, or its subsidiary in a developing country or emerging economy, may participate.

Development partnerships with the private sector, which have the potential to make an outstanding contribution to development and encompass several countries at the same time, may be viewed as "strategic development partnerships" and therefore given greater support than can be provided within the ideas competitions.

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