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Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The ministry promotes projects by development organisations abroad and formulates long-term strategies for cooperation.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has head offices in Bonn (66 percent) and Berlin (34 percent). Also, some of its staff regularly leave the ministry for several years to work in development around the world. The ministry was founded in November 1961. The ministry promotes projects by development organisations abroad and formulates long-term strategies for cooperation.

The BMZ promotes various Welthungerhilfe projects in the areas of emergency assistance, sustainable development cooperation through partner organisations, political information campaigns, and education.

German development cooperation involves supporting activities initiated by non-governmental organisations and carried out in cooperation countries. For example, these organisations include churches, political foundations and many other non-governmental organisations, including Welthungerhilfe. This form of German development cooperation is subsidised by the BMZ with 75% of the total project costs. For selected countries that had to cope with a particularly severe humanitarian crisis in the previous year, the BMZ is financing 100% of a project proposed by an NGO, as part of emergency and transitional aid. The responsibility for carrying out projects remains with non-state executing organisations. Despite receiving state grants, they retain full independence. On behalf of the BMZ, the advice centre for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the field of development cooperation (bengo) within the Engagement Global gGmbH supports and advises NGOs on the application for funding from private providers. Visit website

Selected projects - BMZ

We Stand with You: Organisations Fighting for Land Rights

Cambodia | 2017 – 2021 | Budget: € 500,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Young Families Try out Permaculture

Malawi | 2016 – 2021 | Budget: € 2,826,767
Institutional donors: BMZ

The New Waste Collection Service Promotes Hygiene, Health and Jobs

Madagascar | 2018 – 2020 | Budget: € 1,409,615
Institutional donors: BMZ

Exploiting Forests Without Destroying Them

Malawi | 2018 – 2020 | Budget: € 1,200,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Making Sustainable Use of Madagascar's Resources

Madagascar | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 1,829,737
Institutional donors: BMZ

Formal Education for Urban Youth

Uganda | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 2,290,067
Institutional donors: BMZ

Step Up! A New Start for Refugees

Uganda | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 2,404,223
Institutional donors: BMZ

The Cycle of Water and Wealth

Nepal | 2018 – 2022 | Budget: € 2,552,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

An App For Nutrition Tips

Zimbabwe | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 1,993,009
Institutional donors: BMZ

A Digital Revolution in Food Security

Uganda | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 100,871
Institutional donors: BMZ

Giving Farmers back Control over Resources

Myanmar | 2017 – 2022 | Budget: € 2,426,509
Institutional donors: BMZ

Protection of the tropical forest and biodiversity in Cambodia

Cambodia | 2018 – 2022 | Budget: € 466,667
Institutional donors: BMZ

Good Advice, Better Nutrition

Bangladesh | 2018 – 2020 | Budget: € 683,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Bringing Healthier Nutrition to the Cities

India | 2016 – 2020 | Budget: € 1,541,436
Institutional donors: BMZ

Making Land Ownership Official

India | 2018 – 2022 | Budget: € 1,551,620
Institutional donors: BMZ

Sustainable cultivation, more harvests

Democratic Republic of Congo | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 2,000,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Climate Change as a Daily Reality

Burundi | 2019 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,843,600
Institutional donors: BMZ

Food Security vs. Poppy Production

Afghanistan | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 2,000,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Small-scale Farmers Protect Themselves from Extreme Weather

Somaliland | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 3,469,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Agriculture, Nutrition, Hygiene: Combining Measures

India | 2017 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,669,169
Institutional donors: BMZ

Schools as Customers of Local Farms

Burundi | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 2,531,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Adapting Life to Climate Change

Somalia | 2018 – 2022 | Budget: € 3,344,100
Institutional donors: BMZ

Social Support for Refugees and Host Communities

Turkey | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 2,597,222
Institutional donors: BMZ

A Loud and Clear Demand for the Right to Food

Sierra Leone | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 800,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Got Milk? Livestock Owners Begin Supplying the Market

Kenya | 2016 – 2021 | Budget: € 2,056,089
Institutional donors: BMZ

Pastoralists, Masters of Resilience: Adapting to Climate Change

Kenya | 2017 – 2020 | Budget: € 3,124,456
Institutional donors: BMZ

Milk as a Boost for the Local Economy

Kenya | 2018 – 2023 | Budget: € 1,642,905
Institutional donors: BMZ

Pastoralists Defy Extreme Weather

Somalia | 2017 – 2022 | Budget: € 675,667
Institutional donors: BMZ

Support for Host Communities

Sudan | 2017 – 2020 | Budget: € 2,209,156
Institutional donors: BMZ

Establishing and Networking Farmers' and Shepherds' Associations

Sudan | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,734,814
Institutional donors: BMZ

Preserving the environment to alleviate poverty

Haiti | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 1,320,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

More than Pumps and Wells

Malawi | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 1,350,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Food Security 3.0

Peru | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 466,666
Institutional donors: BMZ

Defuse resource conflicts

Lebanon | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 2,827,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

The Manioc as Saviour

Burkina Faso | 2016 – 2021 | Budget: € 2,603,119
Institutional donors: BMZ

Poultry farming ensures food and income

Burkina Faso | 2017 – 2022 | Budget: € 2,149,318
Institutional donors: BMZ

Land for Life – making policies work for food security

Burkina Faso | 2017 – 2020 | Budget: € 308,384
Institutional donors: BMZ

Vocational school for agriculture gives hope

Central African Republic | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 2,500,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Reviving a Devastated Agricultural Sector

Central African Republic | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 3,350,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Market Access and Fair Prices for Small Farmers

Kenya | 2019 – 2021 | Budget: € 2,704,032
Institutional donors: BMZ

Restructuring After the Civil War

Somaliland | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 3,200,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Rebuilding Agricultural Systems

Iraq | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 4,500,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Peaceful Coexistence With Internally Displaced People

Pakistan | 2017 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,802,136
Institutional donors: BMZ

Increasing Biodiversity, Nutrition and Hygiene Boosts Food and Nutritional Security

Burkina Faso | 2019 – 2025 | Budget: € 1,222,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change

Pakistan | 2019 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,443,296
Institutional donors: BMZ

Food Security – An Multinational Approach

Afghanistan | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 3,000,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

The Complete Package For A New Start In Agriculture

Somalia | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 1,000,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

General Rebuilding After Flight, Crises, and Displacement

Sudan | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 4,000,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Careful Management Despite High Population Density

Ethiopia | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 2,300,790
Institutional donors: Amhara Government,BMZ

Rubber Production for Tomorrow

Myanmar | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 1,955,605
Institutional donors: BMZ,WWF Myanmar,WWF Thailand,WWF-Cambodia

Getting Ready for Returnees

Democratic Republic of Congo | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 4,433,169
Institutional donors: BMZ

How Access to Water and Resources Works

India | 2019 – 2024 | Budget: € 950,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Local Organisations Get a Second Wind

Afghanistan | 2017 – 2020 | Budget: € 1,655,089
Institutional donors: BMZ

Image Campaign for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

Afghanistan | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,000,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Empowering Women: Knowledge Is Power

Afghanistan | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 2,500,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Smartphone Apps for Better Food Security

Zimbabwe | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 532,583
Institutional donors: BMZ

A Mobile Vocational School That Comes to the People

Tajikistan | 2020 – 2023 | Budget: € 779,854
Institutional donors: BMZ

Fighting Hunger Using an App

India | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 603,171
Institutional donors: BMZ

Digital Innovations Against Hunger

Malawi | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 287,293
Institutional donors: BMZ

No More Squishy Fruit

Tajikistan | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 700,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Womenpower In Remote Villages

Tajikistan | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 472,348
Institutional donors: BMZ,HELVETAS

Defying Droughts

Ethiopia | 2016 – 2021 | Budget: € 3,111,111
Institutional donors: BMZ

Coffee Cultivation, Not Exploitation: Diversification

Ethiopia | 2017 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,600,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Pastoralists, Masters of Resilience: Adapting to Climate Change

Ethiopia | 2017 – 2020 | Budget: € 1,480,967
Institutional donors: BMZ

Keeping A Close Eye On Investors

Bolivia | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 458,700
Institutional donors: BMZ

Ready For The Job Market

Kenya | 2019 – 2024 | Budget: € 1,691,552
Institutional donors: BMZ

Dietary Abundance and Diversity

Ethiopia | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 1,700,000
Institutional donors: Amhara Government,BMZ

The Green Economy Is Here

Nepal | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 937,866
Institutional donors: BMZ

Resource Management at All Levels

Uganda | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,258,840
Institutional donors: BMZ

Seven Villages Flourish

Malawi | 2019 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,583,889
Institutional donors: BMZ

Raising Awareness Beyond Borders

Uganda | 2017 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,621,697
Institutional donors: BMZ

A Green Education at a Green College

Uganda | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 2,207,518
Institutional donors: BMZ

Retaking the Egg Market

Liberia | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 1,452,241
Institutional donors: BMZ

Rubber Production for Tomorrow

Cambodia | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 372,429
Institutional donors: BMZ

Calling for and Fulfilling the Human Right to Food

Burkina Faso | 2020 – 2024 | Budget: € 807,629
Institutional donors: BMZ

Creating Income Through the Green Sector

India | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 748,336
Institutional donors: BMZ

Calling for and Fulfilling the Human Right to Food

Kenya | 2020 – 2024 | Budget: € 1,227,285
Institutional donors: BMZ

Opening Up the Job Market to Young People

Kenya | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 805,309
Institutional donors: BMZ

Silk Farming Skills

Afghanistan | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 972,886
Institutional donors: BMZ

Getting a Grip on High Rates of Youth Unemployment

Malawi | 2019 – 2023 | Budget: € 874,456
Institutional donors: BMZ

Fostering and Formalising Adult Education

Sierra Leone | 2020 – 2023 | Budget: € 768,021
Institutional donors: BMZ

Professional Qualifications for Young People

Uganda | 2020 – 2023 | Budget: € 759,152
Institutional donors: BMZ

Calling for and Fulfilling the Human Right to Food

India | 2020 – 2024 | Budget: € 916,241
Institutional donors: BMZ

Calling for and Fulfilling the Human Right to Food

Malawi | 2020 – 2024 | Budget: € 1,218,362
Institutional donors: BMZ

Protection and Protectors of the Environment

Haiti | 2014 – 2020 | Budget: € 4,931,003
Institutional donors: BMZ

Fighting Droughts: Storing and Using Water

Haiti | 2017 – 2022 | Budget: € 2,062,152
Institutional donors: BMZ

Civil Society Academies: Gaining a Voice and a Vote

Cambodia | 2016 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,615,900
Institutional donors: BMZ

Education and Advice Improve Nutrition

India | 2018 – 2020 | Budget: € 969,623
Institutional donors: BMZ

Developing an Infrastructure for Waste Disposal and Recycling

Liberia | 2020 – 2022 | Budget: € 1,000,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Cyclone Komen's Long Shadow

Myanmar | 2016 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,994,871
Institutional donors: BMZ

Syrian Refugees Grow Vegetables

Turkey | 2017 – 2020 | Budget: € 2,775,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Integrate Even the Remotest Regions

Nepal | 2017 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,332,509
Institutional donors: BMZ

Integrate Even the Remotest Regions

Nepal | 2017 – 2020 | Budget: € 422,403
Institutional donors: BMZ

Civic Participation is Finally Possible

Nepal | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 777,916
Institutional donors: BMZ

Better Cope with Inevitable Floods

Nepal | 2018 – 2020 | Budget: € 931,945
Institutional donors: BMZ

Education and Counselling Improve Nutrition

Nepal | 2018 – 2020 | Budget: € 560,710
Institutional donors: BMZ

Rice and Palm Oil: Diversifying Unbalanced Diets

Sierra Leone | 2017 – 2020 | Budget: € 1,373,020
Institutional donors: BMZ

Securing an Island’s Water Supply

Sierra Leone | 2018 – 2021 | Budget: € 666,825
Institutional donors: BMZ

More Baobab, Vegetables, and Sweet Potatoes on the Menu

Mali | 2016 – 2021 | Budget: € 2,468,936
Institutional donors: BMZ

Making Small Entrepreneurs Ready for the Future

Mali | 2016 – 2021 | Budget: € 1,720,593
Institutional donors: BMZ

Stabilising Refugees’ Livelihoods Through Access to Land

Mali | 2019 – 2022 | Budget: € 4,220,000
Institutional donors: BMZ

Last Update 24.01.2020

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