How IKI collaborates with other countries

With the International Climate Initiative (IKI), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) participates in the implementation of Germany’s international climate financing commitments that the German Government made as part of signing the Paris Agreement.

In the process, IKI supports projects from organisations that implement a range of measures in and with the respective partner countries in the fields of climate mitigation and adaptation, forest protection and biodiversity. On the effective date for submitting the project outline, the countries mentioned in the project applications must be ‘ODA-eligible’ (ODA = Official Development Assistance; cf. list of countries eligible for ODA). In principle, IKI projects can be implemented in any country on this ‘DAC list’ (DAC = Development Assistance Committee).

Since the formation of IKI, IKI funds have been utilised in a total of 156 countries eligible for ODA. The list can be downloaded from the right-hand column. Projects are currently being implemented in 150 countries with IKI funds.



Priority countries, interface projects and country calls

Alongside the general funding eligibility of ODA countries, IKI also works together with 15 priority countries. These countries are currently Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam. IKI works particularly closely with these countries, with project portfolios that are larger and frequently also bilateral. 

In most of these priority countries, IKI finances what are known as interface projects: these maintain permanent project offices in the capitals and have their own, country-specific project commission as well as the other IKI projects in the country and region in common. 

Since 2017, IKI has also organised the step-wise introduction of country calls (country-specific selection procedures) together with partner governments, with the aim of implementing one or two climate or biodiversity topics of particular importance for the country in question together with an implementing organisation. Projects in the context of country calls have already been started with Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico and Colombia. Country calls in various stages of the selection procedure are also ongoing with India, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Ukraine and Russia. 

For various political reasons, no country calls have been initiated to date with Brazil, China or Turkey.