The BMZ is making targeted use of existing programmes to strengthen supply structures and measures to combat the pandemic. In addition, a Corona emergency programme with a volume of one billion euros will be financed this year, along with a reinforcement programme for which three billion euros have been earmarked for 2020. You can find out more about the details of the programme and the planned BMZ commitment in this PDF document.
Support for developing and emerging countries in the fight against the pandemic: for years, GIZ has been working in cooperation countries for pandemic preparedness and has been involved in the area of health systems and care. Based on this experience, it is now able to quickly and effectively implement emergency measures of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and other clients to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Find out more about GIZ's current projects and measures on the focus page.
The export initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics has compiled useful tips for the export-oriented German health industry, including, for example, links to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control and various industry associations.
DEG staff are still available and are in close contact with the co-financed companies to identify their needs and find solutions. Online, you can find a guide for employers that provides information on international guidelines on occupational health, for example. Companies already funded by DEG can also co-finance Corona-related measures through DEG. The Business Support Services (BSS - Covid rapid response) provide information on this.
Fast and unbureaucratic liquidity assistance to bridge bottlenecks: AfricaConnect COVID-19 Response supports healthy businesses that run into difficulties as a result of the pandemic. They can apply for loans at attractive conditions to cover up to 100 percent of their liquidity gap. The programme is aimed at subsidiaries of European companies that are active in Africa, have created jobs there and now want to secure them. They can use the funds to continue operations and cover running costs. Like the AfricaConnect investment financing, AfricaConnect COVID-19 Response is implemented by DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH.
KfW supports companies and start-ups in crisis with the KfW Special Programme 2020, among others. Anyone who has run into economic difficulties can apply for this aid through their bank. You can find the most important information about the programmes at KfW.
"We are supporting our partners with an emergency coronavirus programme": In an interview, two KfW health experts talk about what KfW Development Bank is planning to do to support partner countries in combating the pandemic.
Here you will find information on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the textile supply chain and on the consequences in the producing countries. Also published are ways in which companies can mitigate these impacts and updates on community initiatives and opportunities for participation. Relevant information on current developments and links to further resources are shared on an ongoing basis.
The coronavirus pandemic exacerbates existing social and economic inequalities. It is therefore important to ensure that support reaches those workers and enterprises that need it most. The ILO provides information on this.
The GHA - German Health Alliance is an initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). On its Covid 19 information portal, you can find news from the GHA members and a matchmaking list that collects products and solutions from these member companies.
The website of the matchmaking platform leverist.de gives companies and development cooperation actors an opportunity to publish needs and solutions in the current crisis. Companies from all over the world can find these needs and get in touch directly with contacts. If you would like to upload specific needs or offers to leverist.de, AWE will be happy to support you
In response to the coronavirus crisis, the lab of tomorrow (lot) project offers an abbreviated, digital innovation process for developing sustainable entrepreneurial solutions. The lot is now looking for corona-specific challenges and committed entrepreneurial players who are motivated to develop suitable solutions in a lot process in interdisciplinary teams and bring them to market. In previous processes, for example, solutions for reducing plastic waste in Thailand and energy supply in Uganda were implemented. Do you have ideas to quickly meet the current challenges of the corona crisis and would like to participate in a lot innovation process? Feel free to contact us directly at lab-of-tomorrow(at)giz.de.
The network, initiated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), aims to bring together companies that address low-income target groups in developing and emerging countries with inclusive business models. To this end, the Inclusive Business Action Network pools practical examples and expertise, supports companies in their activities and political decision-makers in creating favourable framework conditions. The special feature page points out useful tools and offers that help companies with broad-based business models through the crisis.
In a survey of around 800 companies in the food and agricultural sector with business activities in the markets of Africa and Southeast Asia, the German UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office Germany (ITPO), in cooperation with the German Agricultural Society (DLG) and the start-up SmartHectar Innovation, analysed the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the agricultural and food industry. The results and the analysis of the survey can be found at this link.
UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization, is a specialised agency of the United Nations to fight poverty and promote industrial development, globalisation and environmental sustainability.
The overview shows you what the EU has done since January to stop the coronavirus and cushion the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic. You will find information on the humanitarian aid measures, support for research or the Economic Recovery Plan for Europe.
The World Bank is planning up to an additional 160 billion US dollars for corona emergency programmes worldwide over the next 15 months. Through a fast track, 1.9 billion US dollars are available for top priority projects. These include the training and supply of medical personnel in Haiti, India and Mongolia, communication measures for the population in Kyrgyzstan and Ecuador, and the rapid development of online platforms for school children in Pakistan. Here you can get a collected overview of all Covid-19 response measures of the World Bank Group.
The Asian Development Bank has launched a support package, the volume of which has since been tripled to 20 billion US dollars. Member countries can apply here for additional loans or aid for measures related to the coronavirus pandemic. First examples: a nutrition programme for poor sections of the population in Manila (Philippines) and securing the energy supply in Hubei/Wuhan (China).
On this overview page, the AfDB bundles information about Covid-19 and your support for member countries. Among other roles, the African Development Bank is supporting African banks in lending to companies in Africa with a social bond of three billion US dollars. This is the highest amount ever provided in such a bond.
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has developed an emergency Corona programme for Caribbean countries: The smallest of the development banks is making funds amounting to 140 million US dollars available to its members. In addition, three million US dollars are earmarked for the procurement of protective clothing.
The Inter-American Development Bank is also responding to the rapid increase in Covid 19 cases in its member countries with an emergency programme. In addition to emergency financial aid amounting to two billion US dollars, the bank offers target group-oriented information: a blog aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, for example, provides important advice on how to deal with the situation.
The ITC has developed online tools to make global trade more transparent and access to markets more easily. With these tools, economic players can identify export and import potential, compare market access requirements, monitor national trade performance and make well-informed trade decisions.
The ITC is a multilateral agency for world trade and a joint body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the World Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The European Investment Bank is responding to the pandemic crisis by setting up a €25 billion guarantee fund. It is intended to mobilise up to 200 billion euros for the European economy and is part of the joint EU aid package. The EIB Group is also providing EUR 5.2 billion in aid to countries outside the EU.
How the pandemic situation affects trade: The WTO's special site offers trade-related information that is updated regularly, tips on import and export business and current measures, suggestions and updates from member states and a list of frequent questions and answers. The organisation also provides reports on individual topics.
The VDMA is monitoring developments surrounding the coronavirus pandemic: members can access a checklist for an emergency plan, use information on legal and insurance aspects, and access experiences and initiatives from other companies.