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Special competition COVID-19 ResponseTogether against the pandemic

In addition to funding via develoPPP Classic and develoPPP Ventures, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is supporting over 220 entrepreneurial initiatives to mitigate the immediate health and economic consequences of the Corona pandemic in developing and emerging countries. The projects have been selected in three special competitions since March 2020 and are each funded with up to EUR 2,000,000.

Even after the conclusion of the special competitions, you can still submit projects that contribute to mitigating the health or economic consequences of the Corona pandemic in a developing or emerging country. Find out now about the funding opportunities under develoPPP Classic! 

more than 40
project countries
EUR 200 Million
investment volume

In Zimbabwe, the Martin Bauer Group is contributing to food security and health protection for the rural population during the COVID-19 pandemic with a multifaceted package of measures.

To maintain trade with organic food even during the pandemic and to protect the local population the company Tradin Organic is adapting its working environment in Ethiopia to Covid-19 conditions.

Together with an Indian partner company, Dr. Bronner’s, a producer of organic soaps and cosmetics, is supporting farmers and their families with food, learning material and training.

In Bolivia and Peru, the company medDV, a producer of systems solutions for rescue services, provides medical equipment and trains hospital staff i.a. in emergency medicine.

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

develoPPP Ventures is aimed at innovative start-ups with a development-relevant business model that are ready to take the next step.

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