The trade union partnerships are part of the cooperation with economic actors offered by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
From January 2024, all programmes will operate under the umbrella brand Partners in Transformation. This new title emphasises the partnership between the private sector and development cooperation, with the shared goal of achieving a social and environmental transformation in BMZ’s partner countries.
The programmes work with companies, trade unions, chambers of commerce, associations and other interest groups.
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German trade unions can propose projects. As a rule, they already have contacts in the partner country and have developed a project idea together with local partners. They prepare a project outline and send it to sequa.
From the totality of all available outlines, the BMZ regularly decides which proposals are selected for review and further development. If this is the case, sequa organises a review mission to the partner country with the participation of the German partner and an external reviewer. The appraisal serves to comprehensively assess and plan the project and makes recommendations for the project design (partner constellation, impacts, hierarchy of objectives, activities, indicators, etc.).
If a project is recommended, sequa submits a funding application to the BMZ. After approval, the German project partner receives funding for the implementation of the project according to the objectives and measures stated in the application. The duration of the project is usually three years. After a successful project progress review at the end of the first project phase, it is possible to apply for a further phase of three years.