Development Cooperation

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce is your first stop regarding German development cooperation.

In 2015, all United Nations Member States adopted the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, promoting a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, today and in the future. The core of the Agenda 2030 is the catalogue of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action to all countries to form a global partnership. The SDGs’ logic is that ending poverty and other forms of deprivations must coincide with strategies to improve health and education, reduce inequality, and foster economic growth, while at the same time preventing climate change and preserving our oceans and forests.

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals. As third largest economy world-wide and with higher growth rates than the average, India plays a key role in transforming the global economy towards sustainable development.

As Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, we:

  • Act as link between German development cooperation and the economy.
  • Support companies in getting involved in development activities.
  • Promote sustainable business practices.
  • Ensure that economic activity brings benefits for all.
  • Facilitate the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.

As your first stop regarding German development cooperation, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce provides you with first-hand information on services and partners including financing and project realisation support, consultancy programmes and ongoing cooperations.

Development Cooperation Services and Partners



Developing the economy worldwide

An expert for development cooperation working at a German Chamber of Commerce Abroad (AHK)? What at first sounds like an unlikely approach has already proven to be very efficient for many years. In around 30 countries, ExperTS advise local, German and European companies on development policy issues in the following four priority areas:

Sustainable economic development: ExperTS help to advance the sustainable development:

· of the local economy by promoting export industry and innovation.
· Energy and environment: ExperTS support climate change mitigation and protection of the environment through technology and knowledge transfer.
· Vocational education and training: ExperTS develop solutions for vocational education and training of skilled personnel in cooperation with the private sector.
· Digitalisation and start-ups: ExperTS connect start-ups and their digital innovations with partners from the private and public sector.

The objective of the ExperTS Programme is to promote sustainable business practices around the world and to create better conditions under which companies can become involved in development policy activities in partner countries. As local contacts, ExperTS support small and medium-sized enterprises in particular in tapping into new markets and setting up innovative cooperation arrangements, as well as in ensuring that their involvement brings benefits for all sides. In this way, the programme, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), works at the intersection between development cooperation and foreign trade promotion, thus creating the basis for local sustainable development.

As ‘Integrated Experts’, the specialists of the ExperTS Programme are placed by the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM). They are employed by the local AHKs, and receive a salary subsidy from the ExperTS Programme. The programme is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) and the Delegations of German Industry and Commerce.

ExperTS works

Since 2011, ExperTS have been helping achieve the following results:
· Around 25,700 individuals have benefited from technical, vocational and advanced training, giving them better access to the labour market.
· More than 13,000 individuals have found jobs.
· More than 9,000 individuals have improved their working conditions and 10.0000 people have increased their income.
· Training energy managers has cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 2.5 million tonnes.

Further information:

ExperTS Programme

List of all ExperTS




Consultancy for Companies to Engage in Development Cooperation

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce is your first stop to engage in development cooperation. For companies interested in development cooperation and the offers for the private economy, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce offers guidance and information on consultancy services and potential partners.


Germany Trade & Invest

Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad, and its network of partners throughout the world, GTAI supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany.

As the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany, GTAI is tasked with the following:

  • Export promotion
  • Investor consulting
  • Location marketing
  • Promotion of the New Federal States 

Export promotion services for German companies:

  • Economic analyses and forecasts
  • Country and industry analyses (more than130 countries)
  • Foreign economic and tax law
  • Customs information and tariffs
  • Practical business advice
  • Coordination of federal foreign trade activities
  • International projects and tenders, focus on donor-financed projects
  • Tenders of German financial cooperation (KfW) 

 Further information can be found on the website of GTAI and their image flyer INVEST



Global Compact Network Germany

The Global Compact was launched by the United Nations in 2000. It is a strategic and international platform for learning and dialogue on sustainable and responsible business, involving civil society organizations, business and national governments. Joining the UN Global Compact means to take an important, public step to transform the world through principled business. The UN Global Compact supports companies to do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption; and take strategic actions to advance broader societal goals, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation. By incorporating the Global Compact principles into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.

Working with its partners, the Global Compact has shaped the international dialogue on sustainability and the development of business strategies and tools to achieve it. As a platform for multi-stakeholder learning and dialogue, the Global Compact convenes webinars, workshops, coaching, conferences and technical forums in its work. Through the local networks, which organize and run many of these events, businesses can advance sustainability topics which they feel ought to be tackled and play an active role in shaping the dialogue. The Global Compact Network Germany is one of the most active in the world with more than 470 current participants.

Click the website for further information.



Alliance for Integrity (AfIn)

The Alliance for Integrity is a business-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative seeking to promote transparency and integrity in the economic system. To achieve this goal, it fosters collective action of all relevant actors from the private sector, the public sector, civil society, international organisations, and academia. The global initiative is currently active in Brazil, Ghana, India, and Mexico as well as in the respective regions and in Germany.

The Alliance for Integrity is a platform that offers practical solutions to strengthen the compliance capacities of companies and their supply chains. Within its broad network of anti-corruption and compliance experts, knowledge is shared and support is offered to local and global partners. In addition, the Alliance for Integrity contributes to the improvement of framework conditions by fostering dialogue between the public and private sectors. This is why the Alliance for Integrity is the significant global contact point for businesses countering corruption collectively.

Check the website to find out more about tools, upcoming events and trainings sessions as well as additional information on the topic of business integrity.



Senior Experten Service (SES)

The SES is Germany’s leading volunteering organisation for experts and executives who are either retired or taking some time off work. The SES has been helping people to help themselves since 1983 – all around the world, in every industry and sector.

At present, the SES has access to the knowledge and experience of over 12,000 experts from all professional spheres. Since 1983, the SES has completed more than 45,000 voluntary expert assignments in over 160 countries, with approximately a third of the placements being in Germany.

The main beneficiaries of the SES network’s expertise are small and medium-sized businesses, public authorities, professional and business associations, social and medical facilities, and institutions which provide basic education or vocational training. In Germany, there is a special focus on supporting the development of young people at school or in training.

The SES is based in Bonn. It has some 200 representatives in 90 different countries around the world. The SES is supported by Germany’s top business organisations:

  • The Federation of German Industries (BDI)
  • The Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA)
  • The German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK)
  • The German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) 

The SES primarily receives funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Click here for further information on SES.

Funding Programmes for Companies

German development organisations offers various funding opportunities for local, European and German companies that want to engage in development cooperation. The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce provides interested companies with information and support regarding these opportunities.


Development partnerships with the private sector:

Whether the aim is to provide training for local employees, promote the use of climate-friendly technologies or improve social standards at production facilities – the objectives of private enterprises and actors involved in development cooperation often overlap. was set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to foster the involvement of the private sector at the point where business opportunities and development policy initiatives intersect.


Through the programme, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) provides companies investing in developing and emerging countries with financial and, if required, also professional support. The company is responsible for covering at least half of the overall costs; BMZ contributes up to a maximum of EUR 200,000. These development partnerships with the private sector may last up to a maximum of three years and cover a wide variety of areas and topics – from eco-certification in Serbia to vocational training in India.

BMZ has appointed three public partners to implement the programme on its behalf: DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and sequa gGmbH. Companies taking part in always cooperate with one of these public partners. Since the launch of the programme in 1999, DEG, GIZ and sequa have realised over 1,500 development partnerships with German and European companies.

Companies are invited to register their interest with DEG, GIZ or sequa by participating in one of the ideas competition held four times a year. These are open to all German and European companies and their subsidiaries in developing countries and emerging economies.

Development partnerships with the private sector that have the potential to achieve outstanding development benefits and involve several countries may receive more generous funding beyond the scope of the ideas competitions as Strategic Development Partnerships.

Further information can be found on the website.


Climate partnerships with the private sector

DEG is running the programme "Climate partnerships with the private sector" with a focus on the promotion of technology and knowledge transfer in order to support the development of a climate-friendly economy. The initiative aims at mobilising additional actors from the private sector for climate protection in developing and emerging-market countries.

The programme supports private-sector projects that:

  • promote the introduction of climate-friendly technology,
  • adapt proven technology for greenhouse gas reduction to the specific conditions in the target countries or
  • demonstrate the application of innovative technology
  • and have a structure-building effect in connection with the use of climate-friendly energy

Furthermore, it is important that the projects are not required by law, cannot be realised without public contribution and have not yet been started. As a general rule, all countries included in the DAC List of ODA Recipients are possible project countries. Preference, however, is given on projects in emerging-market countries such as India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico.

German and European companies, also in cooperation with local companies, are eligible for the programme if their good financial standing ensures the economic viability and sustainability of the project. Accordingly, the company should:

  • have an annual turnover of at least 1 million euros,
  • have a staff of at least ten people
  • and have been in operation for at least three financial years. 

Interested companies are invited to submit project proposals to DEG at any time. In the event of a positive decision, the company and DEG jointly develop a comprehensive project concept. An amount of up to 200,000 euros per project can be provided through the programme. The company has to contribute at least 50 per cent of the overall project cost.

The programme "Climate partnerships with the private sector" is supported within the framework of the "International Climate Initiative" (IKI) of the BMU. The initiative aims at supporting developing and emerging-market countries in establishing the political and economic framework needed for improved climate protection. IKI is funded from the budget of the BMU.

Further information can be found on the programme’s website.



Development Cooperation Partners for the Private Economy

German development organisations offers various support, consultancy and funding opportunities for local, European and German companies that want to engage in development cooperation. Here you will find information on important partners and their services.


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ is dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world. They have more than 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, and peace and security.

The diverse expertise of the federal enterprise is in demand around the globe – from the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries. They work with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions, fostering successful interaction between development policy and other policy fields and areas of activity. Their main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Further information: GIZ & Wirtschaft



Agency for Business & Economic Development (AWE)

The Agency for Business & Economic Development is a key partner for German and European companies interested in investing or planning business ventures in developing countries and emerging economies. The Agency assists them in identifying suitable financing and promotional programmes as well as in identifying local contacts. Furthermore, it advises on project planning.

With regards to sustainability aspects, the Agency’s NAP Helpdesk Business and Human Rights provides advice to companies on human rights, social and environmental standards to support their implementation of the Federal Government’s ‘National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights’ (NAP).

The Agency offers tailor-made advice, free of charge, on local conditions and on available support that is appropriate for customer needs. Together with their partners and supporting organisations they draw on a comprehensive international network and can assist with the local implementation of their projects.

Further information:



sequa gGmbH

sequa gGmbH is a globally operating non-profit development organization. Since 1991 sequa has carried out programmes and projects of international cooperation in close cooperation with the German private sector. sequa offers professional services and long-term experience in capacity development for chambers and associations (BMOs), vocational education and training, private sector development and trade. The organization is based in Bonn, Germany. It employs more than 65 people; in 2017 it generated a turnover of 38 million Euros.

Shareholders of sequa are Germany's top four business membership organisations BDA, BDI, DIHK and ZDH, as well as, since 2010, the GIZ. Thus, sequa combines the know-how and networks of the German private sector with the experience of German development cooperation and has direct access to experienced experts from German chambers, associations, vocational training centres and private companies.

Activities of sequa include programme management, project implementation and consulting. Main clients of sequa are the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Commission, the GIZ as well as the Federal German Foreign Office.

Further information can be found on sequa’s homepage.



KfW Group

KfW is one of the world’s leading promotional banks. With its decades of experience, KfW is committed to improving economic, social and ecological living conditions across the globe on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany and the federal states. To do this, it provided funds totalling EUR 76.5 billion in 2017 alone; and of this, 43 % went into measures for protecting the environment and combating climate change.

As a bank committed to responsibility, KfW sustainably supports change in the economy, ecology and society. The focal points of their work include:

  • Promotion of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and start-ups
  • Provision of equity capital
  • Programmes for energy-efficient refurbishment of residential buildings
  • Support of measures to protect the environment
  • Educational finance for retail customers
  • Funding programmes for municipalities and regional promotional banks
  • Export and project finance
  • Promotion of developing countries and emerging economies
  • Financing and consulting for companies investing in developing countries and emerging economies 

In Germany, KfW Group has offices in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bonn and Cologne. Its global network includes around 80 local and representative offices.

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Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG)

For 55 years the DEG (German Investment and Development Company) has been a reliable partner to private enterprises operating in developing and emerging-market countries. They provide their customers with tailored solutions, including long-term financing, promotional programmes and individual advice.

People, companies and countries benefit from DEG’s work. DEG ensures their customers can maximise opportunities, open up new markets and compete successfully. In doing so, they create qualified jobs and income and contribute to economic growth and local added value. Entrepreneurial initiative is thus a key driver of development.

Further information is available on DEG’s website.