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Whether the aim is to provide training for local employees, promote the use of climate-friendly technologies or improve social standards at production facilities – the objectives of private enterprises and actors involved in development cooperation often overlap.

develoPPP.de was set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to foster the involvement of the private sector at the point where business opportunities and development policy initiatives intersect.

Our programme

develoPPP.de targets companies which invest in developing and emerging countries and are seeking ways to shape their corporate commitment in the long term. Through develoPPP they receive financial and, if required, technical support. The company is responsible for covering at least half of the overall costs; BMZ contributes up to a maximum of EUR 200,000. These development partnerships with the private sector have a maximum term of three years and cover a wide variety of areas and topics – from eco-certification in Serbia to vocational training in India.

 develoPPP.de ensures that companies always cooperate with one of the three official partners appointed by BMZ to implement the programme on its behalf: DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and sequa gGmbH. Since the launch of the programme in 1999, DEG, GIZ and sequa have realised over 1,500 development partnerships with German and European companies.

For further information, visit the develoPPP.de website.

How to apply

Companies have four opportunities each year to submit their declaration of interest via an ideas competition to DEG, GIZ or sequa. Applications are open to German and European companies, as well as their subsidiaries in developing and emerging countries.

Development partnerships with the private sector that have the potential to achieve outstanding development benefits and involve several countries may receive more generous funding beyond the scope of the ideas competitions as Strategic Development Partnerships.


Service Point for the Private Sector
Phone: 0228 99535-3131
Email: [email protected]

Internet: www.bmz.de/wirtschaft

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