Country Call

In the Country Call, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) works with a partner government to develop funding priorities for bilateral projects. This in-depth cooperation takes place mainly with the IKI focus countries.

Country Calls aim to further develop the IKI portfolio in the country in question. In doing so, the focus is on the country-specific priorities derived from the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The funding volume, which is provided by the IKI, is typically between EUR 12 and 15 million for each selected project.

In most cases, two funding priorities are set for each country call: one project is then to be implemented for each priority.

The IKI identifies project ideas for implementing the funding priorities through ideas competitions. The ideas competition runs for approximately four months. Within this time frame, institutions that meet the funding requirements can submit project outlines.

Call closed

How much funding is provided?

12 to 15 million Euros

Who receives funding?

Several organisations and/or companies in a consortium

How long do the projects run for?

5 to 7 years

How often is funding provided?

On an irregular basis, after bilateral coordination with IKI priority country

Where is funding provided?

the country is specified

How are the projects selected?

During the first stage, the ministries involved in the IKI and the respective partner government draw up a shortlist from all of the project outlines submitted that meet the minimum requirements for the procedure.

Projects on this shortlist are then reviewed in detail according to the formal and technical criteria set out in the funding information. Working in close consultation with the respective partner government, the IKI then decides which outlines are to be pursued in the second stage of the procedure. 

When the second stage of the procedure begins, the lead implementing organisations responsible for the selected project outlines are asked to prepare and submit a detailed project proposal.

After this has been evaluated and approved, project implementation begins and usually runs for around five to seven years. 

Organisations eligible for funding

The following organisations are eligible for funding under the thematic selection procedure:

  • non-governmental organisations;
  • commercial enterprises;
  • universities and research institutions from Germany and abroad;
  • implementing organisations in the Federal Republic of Germany;
  • institutions in cooperation countries (including national implementing organisations accredited at international or multilateral organisations), and
  • international intergovernmental organisations and institutions, such as development banks or United Nations organisations and programmes.

Governments in cooperation countries are not eligible to apply for IKI funding.


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