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DEG uses the develoPPP.de CLASSIC programme to support measures by companies that wish to operate in developing and emerging countries on a long-term basis and thereby shape their business involvement in a sustainable manner. These may be companies looking to pilot an innovative technology, raise the standard of their supply chains or invest in a sustainable training programme.

Target group

The target group is German and European companies and companies in developing and emerging countries. Support can be offered to companies which, at least:

  • Have an annual turnover of EUR 800,000
  • Employ eight members of staff and
  • Have records of two operational financial years.

What does DEG offer?

DEG provides project funding of up to EUR 2 million. The company receives a maximum of 50% of project costs. DEG also provides support with project structuring.

What does the process look like?

develoPPP.de ideas competitions are held four times a year. Interested companies can submit project proposals to DEG from six weeks before the end of each quarter up to the submission deadline for the relevant competition (31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 December). After the deadline, DEG uses defined evaluation criteria to assess which projects are eligible and notifies companies about the outcome within four weeks of the submission deadline. If a proposal is approved, DEG works together with the company to prepare a detailed project concept.

Where do the funds come from?

Programme funds are provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

General information on the programme




Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

Development Programs and Business Support

Kämmergasse 22

50676 Cologne



+49 (0) 221 4986-1476


+49 (0) 221 4986-1472




COVID-19 Response

Companies can apply for develoPPP.de funding for measures that significantly mitigate the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic in developing and emerging countries.

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Project examples

Innovative greenhouses for South Africa

Harvesting fruits, vegetables and energy: Two companies from Brandenburg have developed innovative greenhouses that provide all this. DEG co-financed a training and demonstration facility in South Africa with develoPPP.de-programme funds.

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Vietnam: An app for the traceability of sustainable supply chain

Smallholder farmers get access to web-based system which helps tracing their sustainable production and supply chain. DEG co-finances the project with funds from the develoPPP.de programme.

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