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The next ideas competition starts on November 15

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The funding of projects with develoPPP Classic is decided within the framework of an open ideas competition. The competition takes place four times a year and is open to all companies that meet the programme's conditions of participation. Applications are submitted directly to one of the two implementing partners: DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Your company is privately owned and profit-oriented and registered in the EU, EFTA or a country on the OECD DAC list.

The financial and personnel capacities of your company are commensurate with the project idea

Your project contributes to sustainable development and goes beyond an investment in your company's core business

The full list of conditions for participation in the develoPPP Classic ideas competition can be found here:

The develoPPP Classic ideas competition takes place four times a year and is open for six weeks at the end of each quarter. Do you meet the participation requirements (PDF) and would like to submit a project idea? Then simply follow these three steps:

  1. Select DEG or GIZ as the implementing partner.
  2. Download the appropriate application documents.
  3. Send the completed application to the implementing partner.

The quality of each application is reviewed and evaluated individually on the basis of uniform criteria. A decision on whether to pursue the project idea in principle is usually made within six weeks of the submission deadline. You will then receive feedback directly from your chosen implementation partner.

If your project idea is successful in the competition, DEG or GIZ will support you in the next step in further concretising and shaping the project.

Please note

Until the final adoption of the German federal budget for 2022, the disbursement of funds for new develoPPP projects is subject to the availability of funding. We ask you to take this into account when planning.

DEG

DEG, a subsidiary of KfW, has been supporting private companies that want to become sustainably active in developing or emerging countries since 1962. Based on its many years of experience as a leading European development financier, DEG's focus is on develoPPP projects that are implemented on the ground largely independently by the partner company.

GIZ

GIZ has been active in international cooperation for sustainable development for more than 50 years. Due to its proven technical and regional expertise in more than 120 country offices and its strong networking with local structures and actors, GIZ has its focus on develoPPP projects, which are to receive technical support on the ground and be integrated into local networks.

Please submit your completed application documents electronically to the implementing partner of your choice. Please refer to the application form for the relevant e-mail address.

The develoPPP Classic ideas competition takes place four times a year. You can submit your application documents during the following time windows:

1st quarter: 15 February to 31 March
2nd quarter: 15 May to 30 June
3rd quarter: 15 August to 30 September
4th quarter: 15 November to 31 December

Your company must be privately owned, profit-oriented and registered in the EU, a member country of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) or a country on the OECD-DAC list. In addition, your project must contribute to local sustainable development as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and go beyond a mere investment in your core business. You can find the full list of requirements for your company and the project to be funded above.

Each application is individually reviewed and evaluated for quality using uniform criteria. The implementing partners DEG and GIZ assess which proposals are most suitable in the respective competition. A decision on whether to pursue a project idea in principle is usually made within six weeks of the submission deadline.

The develoPPP Classic funding instrument is deliberately kept open to different ideas and approaches in order to exploit the full potential of private-sector involvement. Each application is therefore reviewed and evaluated individually. In principle, your project idea must combine a long-term business interest with a sustainable developmental benefit in the target country. This means that not only the participating company itself benefits from the direct effects of the project activities, but also the local community. This can be achieved in various ways. Selected examples of successful develoPPP Classic projects can be found in the section Project & Success Stories.

With the develoPPP funding programme, the BMZ supports entrepreneurial projects in developing and emerging countries that combine a long-term business interest with a sustainable developmental benefit for the local people. Accordingly, funded projects must also have a positive effect beyond the participating company. Purely commercial funding that serves exclusively to expand the core business is therefore not possible.

With DEG  – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, you have two highly competent and experienced partners in German development cooperation at your side to help you structure and implement your project. Both are proven experts in the develoPPP programme and have each already successfully implemented over 1,000 projects with companies. The choice of implementing partner is determined individually by each company and depends on various aspects, such as the respective need for technical support on site.

DEG focuses on develoPPP projects that are implemented on site largely independently by the partner company; GIZ focuses on those that require on-site technical support and are to be integrated into local networks. You can find concrete examples of develoPPP Classic projects with DEG and GIZ under the Projects & Successes section.

develoPPP Classic is aimed at established medium-sized and large companies.

Are you interested in growth funding through develoPPP Ventures? Take part in the ideas competition now!

develoPPP can be applied worldwide in many sectors and subject areas. Learn more about how others are using the programme.

Carolin Welzel Senior Consultant Agency for Business & Economic Development
Hans-Joachim Hebgen Senior Consultant Agency for Business & Economic Development
Daniel Thomann Head of Programme DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
Kathinka Kurz Head of Programme Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH