About the IKI

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) is an important part of the German government's international climate finance commitment. Since 2022 the IKI is implemented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA). Through the IKI, the ministries jointly support approaches in developing and emerging countries to implement and ambitiously develop the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) anchored in the Paris Agreement. This includes measures to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to conserve and rebuild natural carbon sinks, taking into account environmental, economic and social concerns. The IKI also supports its partner countries in achieving the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The three ministries jointly agree on the basic IKI framework. This includes the instruments that help ensure and verify the values and responsibilities of the IKI, the various funding calls and external communication.

The activities from IKI projects range, for example, from advising policy makers on capacity building and technology partnerships to risk hedging through innovative financial instruments. It also includes studies, project preparation advice for infrastructure development, and investment instruments for climate change mitigation or biodiversity conservation.

To date, IKI has approved more than 800 climate and biodiversity projects in over 150 countries worldwide with a total funding volume of 5 billion euros (2008-2021).

The program management, evaluations and technical assistance of the projects, as well as the management of IKI media and communication are supported by the IKI Office at the government owned Zukunft - Umwelt - Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH.

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The International Climate Initiative (IKI) in a nutshell (with subtitles)

Funding areas

The IKI finances projects run by organisations that implement measures together with developing, emerging and transitional countries within the four IKI funding areas:

Many projects normally involve more than one funding area. 


IKI Office
Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH
Stresemannstraße 69-71

10963 Berlin


Contact for press inquiries

All important information and contact persons for reporting on the IKI can be found on the press page.


IKI Annual Report

Cover IKI Annual Report 2020

The IKI made its contribution to global climate and biodiversity protection even under difficult conditions - a review of the year 2020 with six examples of project work.

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IKI collaboration with other countries

In principle, IKI funding can be used in all countries on the DAC list. The IKI works particularly closely with it´s priority countries. 

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Funding philosophy

Overview of the countries and thematic areas in which the IKI provides funding and how the funding is provided.

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Global Initiatives

Through the IKI, Germany is involved in numerous global initiatives and funds for climate protection and biodiversity conservation.

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Impact & Learning

Presentation of the various instruments for monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management in the IKI.

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Values & Responsibility

Transparency and fairness are core elements of the IKI. An overview of the instruments used to ensure them.

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International agreements

The IKI operates in the context of various international agreements. The most important ones at a glance.

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