How IKI collaborates with other countries

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) is an important part of international climate financing commitments that the German Government made by signing the Paris Agreement. Since 2022, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) has been the lead ministry for the IKI. The funding program cooperates with its founding ministry, the Federal Ministry for Environment Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), as well as the Federal Foreign Office.  

In the process, IKI supports organisations on projects that implement measures in the fields of climate action, adaptation to the impacts of climate change, forest protection and biodiversity.

When project proposals are submitted, the countries specified must be eligible for the Official Development Assistance (ODA-eligible). This is an international metric that is used to collect data on government aid programmes.

In principle, IKI projects can be implemented in any country on the Development Assistant Committee (‘DAC ) list’. Most IKI projects are indeed implemented in countries that are named on the DAC list. Only in a few, exceptional cases are projects completed in countries that are not (or no longer) ODA-eligible, such as Chile or Russia, for example. As a result, up to 90 percent of IKI funds are classifiable as ODA. 

Since the formation of the International Climate Initiative in 2008, IKI funds have been deployed in a total of 156 countries. Currently, IKI funds are being used to implement projects in 150 countries.

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

Priority countries and interface projects

The IKI cooperates closely by means of major – and often bilateral – project portfolios with its 15 priority countries. The selection of priority countries emerged from an evaluation of the IKI, which had indicated a stronger country orientation.

These include Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Viet Nam. These countries were selected based on an IKI evaluation highlighting the need for a stronger country focus.

Most priority countries also feature IKI interface projects, which maintain permanent project offices in the country’s capital city. Besides being commissioned with their own country-specific projects, these interface projects are also tasked with maintaining close contact to national environment and climate ministries as well as networking with other relevant ministries in the field of climate and biodiversity policy.

Beyond this, the interface projects also provide a networking platform for all of the IKI projects within the country and region, to promote and benefit from the synergies.

Country-specific selection procedure

Since 2017, the IKI has worked with partner governments in most of the priority countries to organise country-specific, bilateral selection procedures (known as ‘country calls’). These country calls aim to concentrate efforts on one or two climate or biodiversity topics that are especially important for the respective partner government.

Further information about the country-specific selection procedures and the associated stages in these procedures can be found here.