Private sector commitment in developing and emerging countries

Whether it is the proper training of local employees, the use of climate-friendly technologies or the implementation of social standards in production facilities – the objectives of private companies and development cooperation actors often coincide. With the support programme develoPPP the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports the commitment of the private sector where business opportunities and the need for development policy action come together.

sequa is an implementing agency for the programme develoPPP alongside the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG). However, since 2020 sequa is not launching new develoPPP projects anymore.


Dr. Roland Strohmeyer

Client Manager develoPPP



Sustainable implementation of innovative project ideas

Within the framework of develoPPP projects, sequa mainly supports small and medium-sized enterprises, but also larger companies from EU or EFTA countries that make sustainable investments and want to do business in a developing or emerging country beyond their core business. To this end, the BMZ provides financial and professional support to the companies through sequa. sequa has implemented more than 250 such development partnerships with companies from 2000 to the present. The projects cover a wide range of sectors and topics – from the introduction of innovative wastewater management technologies over modern vocational training courses with in-company phases to organic certification for small-scale farmers.

All develoPPP projects should have a clear developmental impact, be environmentally and socially compatible and thus go beyond the economic benefit for our partner company. The best project ideas were identified through regular open calls for proposals and, after selecting the best ideas, then concretized in dialogue between the partner companies and sequa. In this way it is ensured that the resources and financial means used by the private and public partners complement each other well and that all participants achieve their goals more economically, effectively and quickly. The partner companies generally bear at least half of the total cost of the projects.

The establishment of the German Competence Centre for Robotics in Tuzla has had very positive and far-reaching effects: Industry and many young people have gained new perspectives for the future. The realisation was only possible with the help of the develoPPP programme. Thank you!

Muamer Babajic

Managing Director Masterwerk GmbH

Thanks to this project, I have been able to increase the productivity of my cocoa fields. I now see that with a constant labour input, the cocoa “Nacional” has a future. My sincere thanks to sequa, Kaoka and Kaoka Foundation.

Mariano Bonilla Rueda

Cocoa Producer in Tenguel, Provincia del Guayas, Ecuador

In the develoPPP project, we were brought together with biodynamic producers. This is very important, because we can only develop this sector further through cooperation. We are happy to work closely with Biolife, Limaoua Bio and all other partners.

Kilani Ben Abdallah

Nour Oasis, Tunisia

As a small medium-sized company, we were able to develop a cloud-based court system within the given framework and also with the help of many good partners in the federal state of Tigray, which is now initially being introduced in the Mekelle judicial district. Without the funds from the government and the advice from sequa gGmbH, we would probably never have ventured into the project. A wonderful opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses.

Dr. Egon Buhleier

Managing Director ReNoStar GmbH

The Recruitment and Training Programme combines two principles of BHS Corrugated's corporate culture in one project - social commitment together with sustainable investment in education. In Laos, we have successfully followed up on the Angels for Children Foundation's commitment to vocational training and can now rely on trained professionals for our service business in the Asia-Pacific region in the long term.

Christian Engel

Managing Director BHS Corrugated Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH

The develoPPP Ecuador project has achieved an important milestone with the final examination of the first batch of trainees. It turns out that the young craftsmen are finding good jobs thanks to their excellent training. Thus, the dual system has proven effective once again.

Dr. Reinhold Festge

Former Managing Director Haver & Boecker OHG

The public-private project model is a model for the future maximizing impacts on the ground while being connected to an economic reality. It is an accelerator of change.

Justine Humbert

Project Manager Biodiversity & Sustainable Ingredients Department, L’Occitane en Provence

The project co-financed by the develoPPP programme has enabled Emile Noël to structure a solid and lasting relationship between the producers, the local employees and our company. The motto of our project is "giving meaning for tomorrow", this programme allows us to live it today. Thank you.

Hervé Mucke

Director of Purchasing and Development Huilerie Emile Noël SAS

The cultivation of organic herbs in Morocco offers great potential, but in a difficult environment. The realisation makes special demands on the organisation and on the know-how on site in the fields. Thanks to the develoPPP project and sequa's support, we have succeeded in significantly improving the situation. In the course of the project, we were able to broaden the production base and are now in a position to import interesting quantities of herbs at a quality and reliability level necessary for the European market. We are now looking positively into the future.

Friedrich Müller

Managing Director Landlinie Lebensmittel-Vertrieb GmbH

Fashion brands of today expect a lot of changes in the future. The growing social, ecological and ethical awareness requires a new way of production. We were able to realise this in our develoPPP project in Albania thanks to sequa's support by implementing practical training for female tailors in conjunction with the VET Center Elbasan and enterprises in the region.

Bernd Naber

Managing Director Naber Damen- und Brautmoden GmbH

Our close cooperation with the smallholders has created a basis of trust that ensures a significantly better flow of information. It is also much easier for demands from the sales market to be passed on to the production. The project has contributed to the producer network's ability to react to significant changes in the market and to be able to deliver.

Andreas Schindler

Managing Director Don Limón GmbH

ProTalent Project not only helped us improving our production system directly, but more importantly it opened up our thinking, enabled us to master the skills of exploring problems, reducing waste and improving efficiency, which plays an important role in the sustainable development of enterprises.

Ou Yang Xinqiang

Production Manager Hunglik, People's Republic of China

Achieving impact together

From project work

Achieving goals with Agile and Scrum

Competa and sequa train Kenyan IT experts in Agile software development (2015-2017)


90 IT specialists and students received practical training in the Agile project management method Scrum.

80 graduates found follow-up employment after completion of the training.

6 graduates founded their own IT start-up.


Forests to promote good (investment) climate

sequa and ForestFinance support sustainable forest management in Vietnam (2011-2013)


63 employees from forestry authorities and companies were trained as trainers.

61 forest workers completed a training programme and benefit from extensive occupational safety measures.

The regionally managed NGO Sustainable Forest Association Vietnam was founded.


Socially responsible and progressive

ESGE and sequa support sustainable textile production in India (2008-2010 / 2011-2013)


160 seamstresses and 20 employees were trained in maintenance and service or work logistics.

Fabric and material costs were reduced by 5 percent, while labour productivity rose by 15 percent.

Curricula for the colleges as well as training and teaching materials were prepared and included in the curriculum.



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