Photovoltaik-Anlage auf dem Dach eines Industriegebäudes in Mali. Copyright: GIZ / Ismaël Diallo

Advancing climate-friendly energy solutions

Project Development Programme (PDP) within the German Energy Solutions Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

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  • Client

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

  • Country

    Global: Bangladesh, Botswana, Côte d‘Ivoire, Ghana, Jordan, Cambodia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, Senegal, Uganda, Viet Nam

  • Runtime

    2023 to 2025

  • Products and expertise

    Sustainable infrastructure: water, energy, transport


Industries around the world – from flower growers to textile suppliers – need energy for their manufacturing operations. As energy prices rise and the supply of predominantly fossil-fuel based energy sources becomes less reliable, the attractiveness of alternative – efficient and climate-friendly – forms of energy supply increases.

However, opportunities for an energy transition are frequently not fully exploited due to a lack of detailed knowledge and sound assessments of commercial risk.

In addition to commerce and industry, operators of refugee camps are a further target group for the transition to renewable energies as many still use diesel generators to supply energy or water.


Climate-friendly energy solutions are widespread and market access is facilitated for German and European small and mid-sized businesses in selected cooperation countries. This improves economic development as well as global economic relations and contributes to climate change mitigation.

Photovoltaic installation on the roof of an industrial building in Jordan. Copyright: GIZ / Hamzeh Arar


The Project Development Programme (PDP) combines development cooperation with entrepreneurial engagement from the private sector. The markets in developing countries and emerging economies are promising, but also pose challenges for international business partners. The PDP team thus develops financially viable projects focussing on renewable energies and energy efficiency with local companies. It also offers business initiation opportunities with German or European small and mid-sized companies.

The project also collects data from the energy consumer and evaluates it from a technical and economic perspective. It provides free and neutral advice primarily to local companies and puts them in contact with German or European business partners.

At the same time, the project provides training courses, analyses and studies on the risks and potential of renewable energies to help support market development. Visiting reference facilities in cooperation countries also promotes the creation of private-sector business partnerships.

Last update: July 2023

Hybrid solar system on the roof of an industrial building in Nigeria. Copyright: GIZ / Truss Associates

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