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Government of Germany and its agencies

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Government of Germany and its agencies

German government is supporting sustainable development in provides support to developing and transition countries and emerging economies through various programmes and agencies. In this section you will find brief information on some of them.

German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB)

German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) currently has two main mechanisms for provision of financial support:

  • Environmental Innovation Programme for Projects Abroad - this programme of Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety provides financial support for projects which will have direct environmental effects on Germany or which will increase, via a "philosophy transfer" and a maximum possible multiplier effect, the willingness to invest in climate action measures in the respective countries.

More information on the programme priorities and application criteria are available here.

  • International Climate Initiative (IKI) was established in 2008. BMUB uses this instrument to strengthen cooperation between the German Government and developing and transition countries and emerging economies, in order to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and preserve biodiversity.

More information of the Initiative and application criteria are available here.

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The guiding principles of Germany's development cooperation will be protecting human rights and fostering the developing countries' sense of ownership and ability to help themselves.

When Germany provides a developing country with a low-interest loan, when German experts advise the government of a partner country on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) or when private German organisations carry out projects in developing countries, these are all approaches involving direct development cooperation between Germany and its partners. Besides engaging in such bilateral development cooperation activities, Germany is also involved in activities for the benefit of the developing countries at the international level – for example, through the EU's development policy and by supporting international organisations such as the United Nations.

To get more information on the available funding and project cooperation please visit BMZ website.

German Federal Foreign Office

German Federal Foreign Office represents Germany’s interests to the world. It promotes international exchange and offers protection and assistance to Germans abroad.

With its offices in Berlin and Bonn and a network of around 230 missions abroad, the Federal Foreign Office maintains Germany’s relations with other countries as well as with international and supra-national organisations. This work concerns much more than just political contacts among governments and parliaments. Because Germany and German society are enmeshed in ever-growing international networks, the Federal Foreign Office promotes intensive interaction and exchange with the world in the fields of business, culture, science and technology, the environment, development issues and many more areas.

Federal Foreign Office provides support through cooperation with humanitarian relief organisations in crisis situations. For more information please visit this website.

Federal Foreign Office is also involved in disaster risk reduction programmes; for more details please go to the dedicated webpage.

German development agency (GIZ)

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ or GTZ) GmbH or GIZ in short is a German development agency headquartered in Bonn and Eschborn that provides services in the field of international development cooperation. GIZ mainly implements technical cooperation projects of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), its main commissioning party, although it also works with the private sector and other national and supranational government organizations (but usually not with non-governmental organizations) on a public benefit basis.

For more information and contact details go to GIZ website

This project is funded by the European Union

And implemented by a consortium led by