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Agency for Business and Economic Development: About us

We are the central contact point for development cooperation for the German and European economy

Does your company not want to miss out on economic opportunities in future markets? Are you looking for information and advice on funding, financing and project development? The Agency for Business and Economic Development (AWE) is the right partner for you.

As AWE, we support the German and European business community with sustainable projects and investments in countries of the Global South. With our over 60 experts in industry and leading business associations, chambers of commerce and trade unions, we have a broad network in Germany and abroad.

Our experts offer individual advice on funding, financing and project development and establish contacts worldwide. We provide access to strategic partners, support the transfer of know-how and make it easier for companies to enter promising markets. By establishing new partnerships and innovative solutions, economic players from countries in the Global South benefit and local economies are strengthened.

AWE's Helpdesk on Business and Human Rights advises companies on the implementation of human rights and environmental due diligence processes along value chains.

AWE and the Helpdesk on Business and Human Rights are part of the Partners in Transformation business and development network of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). With funding from the BMZ, AWE and the Helpdesk are implemented by two strong partners: the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and DEG Impulse gGmbH. AWE’s advisory services are free of charge, tailored to individual needs and confidential.

What guides us

Our aim is to achieve benefits for all parties involved through sustainable entrepreneurial engagement to contribute to the socio-ecological transformation in countries of the Global South. We focus on partnerships at eye level that create prospects for the population in the investment countries. For German and European project partners, there is an opportunity to open up new markets with potential and to be supported by attractive programmes from the German federal government. In addition, they gain valuable intercultural experience that facilitates global competition. As a project partner you thus contribute to the 2030 Agenda, i.e. to Germany's ability to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proclaimed by the United Nations in 2015 by 2030. These include "decent work and economic growth", "industry, innovation and infrastructure" and "sustainable consumption and production".

As a Partners in Transformation programme, we hereby focus on economic cooperations that promote climate neutrality and decarbonisation of the economy, the development of sustainable and resilient supply and value chains and the use of the opportunities offered by digital technologies. Together with you, we also contribute to a competitive and sustainable economy by improving vocational education and training and strengthening entrepreneurship.

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