About the Business Scout Fund

The Business Scouts for Development (BSfD) programme, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), promotes sustainable and responsible private sector engagement in around 40 developing and emerging countries worldwide. For this purpose, sequa organises idea competitions in which business organisations and partner institutions of the BSfD program can participate with creative project concepts. The newly developed solutions and services in the context of BSF projects should support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and specifically the objectives of the BSfD programme. The Business Scout Fund is implemented by sequa as part of the BSfD programme on behalf of GIZ.


Dr. Roland Strohmeyer

Project Director



Project Ideas: Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

The target group of the Business Scout Fund competitions are primarily business organisations and other partner institutions from the BSfD network. Other providers, such as companies or other institutional partners can participate in the projects as service providers in cooperation with the BSfD network. In principle, the project ideas must pursue relevant development objectives.

Proposals are particularly welcome which

  • contribute to climate protection and decarbonisation (in particular to increasing the resilience of companies and organisations),
  • promote technical or organisational innovations and digitalisation, and
  • contribute to making international supply chains more sustainable and to compliance with corporate social and environmental diligence requirements.

Other positive criteria are

  • the development of new and sustainable business services for companies by business organisations,
  • the piloting of scalable and regional approaches or approaches that can be transferred to other countries,
  • the promotion of gender mainstreaming, diversity and inclusion in the network of competition participants,
  • joint project development of different Business Scouts as well as other network partners for joint implementation, and
  • particularly large expected impacts and development contributions that enable high visibility and positive communication effects.

In addition to content-related criteria, the economic efficiency and effectiveness of the planned project implementation also play an important role in the evaluation of project proposals.

General Conditions: What else needs to be considered?

If you would like to develop a project idea with the above objectives, you should consider the following general requirements:

  • Financial volume 5,000 EUR to under 100,000 EUR (net)
  • Planned implementation period no longer than nine months
  • Target countries are all countries of the reform concept "BMZ 2030" and countries where a Business Scout is working.
  • A Business Scout is involved in the development and submission of the project idea.

How can you get involved and what are the next steps?

sequa regularly organises idea competitions in the form of calls for proposals. The next idea competition is expected to take place in autumn 2022. If you would like to take part in the ideas competition, send your project idea to sequa during the tender period. The call for proposals will be published on this website.

The project ideas are evaluated by sequa according to the criteria mentioned above. In a second step, the most suitable projects are selected by an expert jury, also taking into account available funds. sequa subsequently informs the competition participants about the decision. There is no legal claim to the selection of a project idea.

sequa then signs a service contract with the selected providers for implementation, in which the services to be provided are detailed on the basis of the submitted project idea together with the implementation plan and payment terms. The provider is responsible for the implementation of the project. At the end of the project, the provider prepares a short report on the delivered activities and impact of the measure and sends it to sequa together with the invoice.

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