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develoPPP ClassicProject funding for established companies

The develoPPP Classic funding instrument of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is aimed at already established companies that want to invest sustainably in a developing or emerging country and expand their business activities locally. Suitable projects that are related to this entrepreneurial activity and at the same time relevant to development policy can receive technical and financial support of up to two million euros if the company contributes at least half of the costs. It is important that these projects, in addition to achieving a long-term business objective, also generate sustainable benefits for the local people.

Do you want to sustainably establish or expand your operational activities in a developing or emerging country and thereby achieve a positive development effect - for example by training skilled workers or introducing sustainability standards? Find out now about the possibilities for funding through develoPPP Classic!

100,000 to 2 million euros in project funding

Up to 50% public funding share of the total expenditure


Know-how, competent support and networks in over 100 countries 

The develoPPP Classic funding instrument can be used in over 100 developing and emerging countries around the globe and is deliberately flexible in its content. Supported projects can be located in very different sectors and thematic areas and range from the training of local experts and piloting of innovative technologies and demonstration plants to the sustainable expansion of supply chains and the improvement of environmental and social standards. What all develoPPP Classic projects have in common is that they combine a long-term business interest with a sustainable developmental benefit.

Decisions on the funding of specific projects are made in quarterly idea competitions. Suitable projects are funded by the BMZ with between 100,000 and 2 million euros, thus covering up to 50% of the total costs. During implementation, your company will be accompanied by one of the two implementing partners: DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH or Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Any company based in the EU, a member country of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) or an OECD-DAC country is eligible to participate in the develoPPP Classic ideas competition. The prerequisite for funding is sufficient financial resources and personnel capacities that are commensurate with the project idea. For this purpose, your company must:

  • have at least eight employees
  • have an annual turnover of at least 800,000 euros
  • have at least two audited annual financial statements
  • have a positive net income as well as sufficient equity capital and liquidity to ensure your company’s contribution

Les Vergers du Mékong JSC has developed new farmland for fruit production in the Mekong Delta and has established a sustainable supply chain.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Hitachi ABB Powergrids modernised engineering courses to address the skills shortage in the power industry.

Sub-Saharan Africa

The Female Health Company strengthens women's sexual self-determination by counselling and sharing information on contraceptives.

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

Are you interested in receiving funding through develoPPP Classic? Find out more about participating in the ideas competition.

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

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