Criteria for your participation in the

You have a long-term business interest in a partnership with DEG/GIZ and in BMZ funding but would not implement the project yourself without support. Your project idea will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and does not simply constitute an investment in your actual core business.

Use the following check-list to find out whether your company and your project idea meet the criteria for participation.

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The head office of my company is in the EU, an EFTA country or in a developing or emerging-market country on the OECD-DAC list.

The following companies are eligible to participate in the programme:

  • Companies based in the EU or a member country of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and local companies in developing or emerging-market countries on the OECD-DAC list.

My company has the economic strength to conduct sustainable business activities.

Start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises and larger companies that wish to make sustainable investments and conduct business activities in a developing country or emerging economy are eligible for participation.

Your company must also be able to demonstrate that its financial and personnel resources are at a level commensurate with the project idea:

  • Minimum annual turnover: EUR 800,000
  • Minimum number of employees: 8
  • At least two years of business operations


My business sector and project idea are situated in a developing country/emerging economy. supports projects in all countries of the OECD-DAC-List.

My project will make a long-term contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

All projects must demonstrate a clear development outcome and be environmentally and socially compatible, thus providing benefits that go beyond your company’s bottom line.

Projects in areas with particular need are especially eligible, such as projects in Least Developed Countries according to the OECD-DAC-List and projects with disadvantaged groups such as women, informal businesses, minorities, people with disabilities, children and young people.

The partnership will allow me to achieve the project objective more efficiently.

Complementarity: Public and private resources and funds should complement each other in such a way that all partners achieve their respective objectives more quickly, more efficiently and more cost-effectively.

I would not be able to implement the project without support.

Subsidiarity: Support can only be granted if you would not implement the project idea without private-public cooperation. Measures required by law cannot be funded.

Ongoing projects cannot be co-financed retroactively as projects unless they incorporate additional development-related elements.

My project idea is based on long-term business interests.

Commercial interest: The long-term commercial interest of your company in the project must be clearly recognisable and exceed the funded project term. The project must not simply constitute an investment in your actual core business. funds cannot be used to support projects that focus solely on charitable activities.

The project is part of my company’s sustainability strategy.

Sustainability: The project idea must be part of your company’s long-term involvement in the developing or emerging country.

I will contribute at least half the project costs.

Private-sector contribution: Your company will be required to contribute at least half the total costs. BMZ will contribute up to 50% of the total.