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Partners in Transformation

The BMZ's programmes for cooperation with the private sector are now more closely interlinked. Under the name Partners in Transformation, they are strengthening support for partner countries in the socio-ecological transformation.

Working together for a fair and sustainable economy

The Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has restructured its services and programmes to better promote the socio-ecological transformation of economies in partner countries. Not only businesses, associations and chambers of commerce are to play an important role in this. Trade unions, academia and civil society will also be involved. With a holistic approach, new networks and partnerships are to drive the transformation forward. In this process, the Agency for Business and Economic Development (AWE) will act as a central point of contact, a "one-stop shop", for cooperation with the "Partners in Transformation".

Agency for Business and Economic Development

The Agency for Business and Economic Development supports sustainable projects and investments in emerging and developing countries. Its experienced experts advise companies on funding, financing and project development and establish contacts worldwide.


With its funding programme develoPPP, the BMZ supports private-sector activities where business opportunities and development policy potential meet. The public funding amounts to up to EUR 2 million and is available in over 60 countries.

Helpdesk on Business and Human Rights

The Helpdesk on Business and Human Rights advises companies free of charge, individually and confidentially on the implementation of human rights and environmental due diligence along value chains.


ImpactConnect supports European companies invest globally by providing loans at attractive conditions. Individual financing with a minimum of red tape and specialist advice by DEG promotes and facilitates focused investments.

Import Promotion Desk (IPD)

IPD forms a link between SMEs in selected partner countries and the European import industry. It brings exporters together with European companies as trading partners and supports them in establishing sustainable business relationships.


The Up-Scaling Programme by DEG backs German and local SMEs in developing countries. Investments in FinTech or GreenTech can receive up to EUR 749,000 in co-financing.

Chambers and associations

Chambers of commerce, associations, trade unions and financial institutions of the Savings Banks Finance Group support the business community in partner countries with organisational development as well as advisory and training measures for financial inclusion.

BMO Partnerships, Vocational Education and Training Partnerships (sequa)

In Chamber and Association Partnerships (KVP) and Vocational Education and Training Partnerships (BBP), German chambers and associations mobilise their expertise for local partner organisations. KVP projects promote the strengthening of the private sector, while BBP projects support the practice-orientation of vocational education and training. Interested German partners can propose projects to sequa.

German Sparkassenstiftung for International Cooperation (DSIK)

As part of the Chamber and Association Partnership Program (KVP), DSIK provides the knowledge and expertise of the German Sparkassen Finance Group for financial inclusion in partner countries to promote local economic development through socio-ecological transformation and thus contribute to achieving the SDGs.

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