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 – Development Partnerships with the Private Sector 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 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 projects anymore.


Dr. Roland Strohmeyer

Client Manager



Sustainable implementation of innovative project ideas

Within the framework of 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 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 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

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.



Energy from biogas plants in Brazil - Dorsch and sequa lay foundation for long-term engagement  I  Factsheet

Organic mangoes from Burkina Faso - gebana and sequa support smallholder cooperatives  I  Factsheet

Open training workshop shows the way - Manz and sequa launch practical high-tech training in China  I  Factsheet

350 farms produce organic physalis - Flores Farm, mymuesli and sequa introduce organic and social standards in Peru  I  Factsheet

Young fashion made in Egypt - Messe Berlin and sequa launch training for young designers  I  Factsheet

Certified karité butter from Mali - Börlind and sequa work with smallholders for increased supply security  I  Factsheet