Criteria for your participation in the

To qualify for a development partnership and receive support for your project idea as part of, you as a company should demonstrate a clear business case. In addition to your long-term business interest, your idea must be in line with development policy objectives.

Use the following check-list to find out whether your company and your project idea meet the criteria for participation.

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The head office of my company is in the EU or in an EFTA* country or my company holds shares there.

The following companies are eligible for participation in the

  • private companies registered in the EU or in a European Free Trade Association (EFTA) country.
  • Subsidiaries from developing and emerging countries with a shareholder from the EU or EFTA* countries with at least a 25% share.

My company has the economic strength to conduct sustainable business activities.

Start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises and larger companies that wish to make sustainable investments and conduct business activities in a developing country or emerging economy are eligible for participation.

To this end, your company’s economic strength should meet the following requirements: annual turnover of at least EUR 1 million, ten employees and three years of business operation, and it should be commensurate with the cost of the project idea.

My business sector and project idea are situated in a developing country/emerging economy. supports projects in all countries of the OECD-DAC-List.

My project makes a lasting contribution to employment promotion or in the environmental or social sector.

All projects must demonstrate a clear development outcome and be environmentally and socially compatible, thus providing benefits that go beyond your company’s bottom line.

Projects in areas with particular need are especially eligible, such as projects in Least Developed Countries according to the OECD-DAC-List and projects with disadvantaged groups such as women, informal businesses, minorities, people with disabilities, children and young people.

The partnership will allow me to achieve the project objective more efficiently.

Complementarity: Public and private resources and funds should complement each other in such a way that all partners achieve their respective objectives more quickly, more efficiently and more cost-effectively.

I would not be able to implement the project without support.

Subsidiarity: Support can only be granted if you would not implement the project idea without private-public cooperation. Measures required by law cannot be funded.

Ongoing projects cannot be co-financed retroactively as projects unless they incorporate additional development-related elements.

My project idea is based on a business case.

Commercial interest: The long-term commercial interest of your company in the project must be clearly recognisable and exceed the funded project term.

Projects focused solely on charity cannot be supported within the scope of the

The project is part of my company’s sustainability strategy.

Sustainability: The project idea must be part of your company’s long-term involvement in the developing or emerging country.

I will contribute at least half the project costs.

Contribution of the private sector: Your company contributes at least half the total costs, to which BMZ contributes up to EUR 200,000 (for strategic development partnerships, from at least EUR 750,000).