Opportunities on offer for private companies

The programme

Worker in a steel ore processing plant in Mauretania was set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to foster the involvement of the private sector in areas where business opportunities and development policy initiatives overlap. To this end, BMZ offers financial and technical support for companies that invest in developing and emerging-market countries. Companies contribute at least 100,000 euros to the project. Projects can receive support worth up to two million euros. BMZ will partner the investment with additional funding of up to 50 percent.

Selected projects with the potential to deliver outstanding development results and, for example, involve activities in several countries, can receive more extensive support. A company’s contribution of more than 50 percent is required.

In all cases, companies work with one of the two public partners commissioned by BMZ to implement the programme on its behalf: DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH or Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

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