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Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Organizational form Ministry
Number of employees ≥250
Foundation 14. November 1961
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The BMZ devises the main concepts of Germany’s development policy. The core pillars are bilateral cooperation and international partnerships. Economic development in partner countries is encouraged through promoting private sector investment as well as providing loans, grants, or trainings. The BMZ supports multilateral and European cooperation such as the World Bank, regional development banks, UN programs, and the European Development Fund.

Target markets/partner countries

Asia & Pacific

AfghanistanBangladeshChinaIndiaIndonesiaCambodiaLao People's Democratic RepublicMongoliaMyanmarNepalPakistanPhilippinesSri LankaTimor-LesteViet Nam

Europe & Central Asia

AlbaniaBosnia and HerzegovinaGeorgiaKyrgyzstanSerbiaTajikistanUzbekistan

Latin America/Caribbean

BoliviaBrazilEcuadorEl SalvadorGuatemalaHondurasColombiaMexicoPeru

North Africa/Middle East

EgyptIraqYemenJordanLebanonMoroccoPalestine, State ofSyrian Arab RepublicTunisia

Sub-Saharan Africa

EthiopiaBeninBurkina FasoBurundiGhanaCameroonKenyaCongo, Democratic Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMaliMozambiqueNamibiaNigerNigeriaRwandaZambiaSenegalSouth AfricaSouth SudanTanzania, United Republic ofTogoUganda

Climatically relevant technologies and services

A) Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions

Climate-friendly agriculture and forestry

ReforestationLow-emission fertilizationEnergy-efficient and emission-reducing cultivation techniquesEnergy-efficient and emission-reducing farming techniques

Cross-sectoral interdisciplinary technologies for emission reduction

Replacement of climate-damaging refrigerantsOther products and technologies, components and infrastructure reducing emissions

Energy- and resource-intensive industries

Planning of integrated, energy-efficient manufacturing sites and chainsResource- and energy-efficient product design

Energy-efficient cities and infrastructure

Adaptive cooling and heating technologyEfficient cooling technology (air conditioning and refrigeration)Efficient pumps and desalination plants for waterElectric transmission systems adapted to the requirements of renewable energiesEnergy and climate-efficient heat pumpsEnergy-efficient cooling appliancesEnergy saving lightingLED street lightsEmergency power supplySolar cooker

Low-emission power supply (on- und off-grid)

Batteries and energy saving systemsBiogas plantsCombined heat and power unitsLow voltage smart gridsStand-alone photovoltaic systemsMicrogrid planningSolar collectorsWind turbines

Other services

Accompanying training measures for emission-reducing products and servicesDevelopment of technology- and country-specific financing concepts for emission-reducing products and servicesAdvisory services for planning and implementing the German Renewable Energy Sources Act, emission reduction standards, etc.

Sustainable waste- and recycling management

Waste segregation conceptsPlanning and implementation of waste prevention consultingLandfill gas captureLow-emission waste incinerationComposting and biogas plantsPlanning and implementation of returnable systemsPlanning of regional recycling conceptsImplementation of specific approaches to recycling, e.g. for electric waste and waste oilWaste sorting plants

B) Adaptation to climate change

Building construction

Extremely storm-resistant buildingsSpatial planning with regard to water spreading areas

Climate-adapted agriculture and fishery

Soil cultivation concepts and consultingDrought- and salt-resistant plantsEfficient irrigation systemsElectronic control and monitoringFodder production based on climate change induced change of raw materialsImplementation of innovative cultivation or land management methodsClimate-tolerant livestockSustainable fishing industry/aquacultures

Climate-adapted forestry

Climate-tolerant forestry consulting (e.g. agroforestry systems)

Coastal and flood protection

Dike building, flood protection construction, sluice and drainage technology buildingPlanning of dikes, flood protection constructions, sluice and drainage technologies

Disaster reduction

Public disaster prevention consulting

Finance

Reinsurance against climate change risks

Health

Land management reducing the reproduction of disease-carrying insectsFood supply seizure (incl. sustainable refrigeration supply solutions)

Meteorological metrology and climate simulation

Calculation of climate scenariosForest fire management

Resilient energy infrastructures

Energy saving technologies

Water management

Fountain management (protection against flooding and contamination)Watershed planningWater recycling concepts and plantsWater Harvesting Technologies

C) Cross-sectoral topics

Overseas trade shows in emerging and developing countriesProvision of market information for emerging and developing countriesCapacity BuildingFinanceFact-finding tours to emerging and developing countriesOpening new markets, initiating new contactsPolitical adviceTechnology adaptionMarketing/presentation of reference projects

Sample projects

German Climate and Technology Initiative (DKTI)

BMZ has created the DKTI as an instrument within its contribution to international climate finance with a particular technology focus. DKTI promotes the development of climate friendly and energy efficient technological solutions in partner countries to strengthen international market development for innovative technologies and industries. It combines technical and financial cooperation implemented together by GIZ und KfW.

4E-Initiative South Africa

Under BMZ assignment, the KfW Development Bank manages the financing of development work. The 4E-Initiative is developing a funding pool for renewables and energy efficiency (4E) in Africa. Private companies are granted the capital and technical expertise to initiate 4E investments, such that in the long-run, the local finance sector has the capacities to sustain the funding.

Energy Sector Technology Cooperation (TechKoop)

Under BMZ assignment, GIZ implements TechKoop to develop the political, technological, and financial framework to shift towards sustainable energy systems. Together with selected partner countries, TechKoop has its emphasis on renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable large-scale hydropower. At the same time, the conception and use of innovative approaches strengthens the link between climate and energy policy.

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