Whether it’s the practical training of local staff or experts, the introduction of climate-friendly technologies or the improvement of social standards within factories – the objectives of private companies and development cooperation actors frequently overlap.
Through develoPPP.de, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) fosters private sector engagement in areas where entrepreneurial opportunities and development challenges overlap.
sequa is one managing organisation appointed by the BMZ to implement the develoPPP.de programme, next o the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG).
Companies registered in Germany or an EU/EFTA country are eligible to apply for the develoPPP.de programme. Also eligible to apply are companies registered in a partner country (according to the OECD/DAC list), in which a company registered in the EU/EFTA or an individual with an EU/EFTA nationality has a shareholding of at least 25%.
Associations, foundations, non-governmental organisations, chambers of foreign trade or registered societies are not eligible to apply by their own. However, they may still participate in develoPPP.de projects as project partner of the applicant company.
Private and public partners share the project cost: The public contribution can cover up to 50% of the project cost as a grant. The amount of the public grant is limited to a maximum 200,000 EUR per project. The maximum project duration is three years.
All developing and emerging countries according to the OECD/DAC list are suitable project countries.
Companies that want to apply must fulfil certain minimum requirements to ensure the financial and operational sustainability of the project:
- A minimum turnover of one million euros annually
- A minimum of ten employees
- A minimum operative business period of three years
Projects eligible for funding need to be in line with the development policy objectives of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). All projects must show a clear development impact and support environmentally and socially responsible development.
Projects need to…
- …be designed in a way that public and private sector contributions complement each other for mutual benefit (complementarity)
- …require public funding as a since qua non, i.e. they may not have commenced at the time of application or be legally required (subsidiarity)
- …have a clearly identifiable commercial purpose, i.e. purely non-profit projects are not eligible for funding.
- …be embedded into long-term, sustainable activities of the company in the developing country or emerging market beyond the project duration.