The programme

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, 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 programme, next o the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG).

Please note that new applications for the programme with sequa are not possible any longer since April 2019 onwards.


Dr. Roland Strohmeyer

Client Manager



Target group

Companies registered in Germany or an EU/EFTA country are eligible to apply for the 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 projects as project partner of the applicant company.

Public funding

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.

Partner countries

All developing and emerging countries according to the OECD/DAC list  are suitable project countries.

List of countries


... for the companies

Funded companies 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

... for the projects

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.

From projects - approaches and impacts

Achieving goals with Agile and Scrum - Competa and sequa train Kenyan IT experts in Agile software development (Factsheet)

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

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

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

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

Forests to promote good (investment) climate - sequa and ForestFinance support sustainable forest management in Viet Nam (Factsheet)

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

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

Socially responsible and progressive - ESGE and sequa support sustainable textile production in India (Factsheet)