Trilateral Cooperation Brazil-Germany

Project description

Title: Trilateral Cooperation Brazil-Germany
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Brazil
Partner: Brazilian Agency for Cooperation
Overall term: 2015 to 2019



Brazil has a long history of international technical cooperation involvement as a partner in the trilateral cooperation. As such, it builds on solutions originally developed to overcome challenges of its own. Brazil has achieved success in fields such as diverse as poverty reduction, social development, vocational training, technical innovation and environmental regulation. In recognition of that success, demand has been growing in other countries for Brazilian expertise in technical cooperation projects. 

Germany and Brazil are considered international leaders in the provision of trilateral cooperation. Combining the two countries’ strengths offers great potential to generate relevant and innovative solutions for the development of other countries. They have been jointly implementing projects in Africa and Latin America’s countries since 2010.


The effectiveness of the Brazil-Germany trilateral cooperation has been improved both by the promotion of new cooperative relations and by innovative capacity development measures. 



The program consists of two areas of activity. The first aims to establish new partnerships and expand cooperation relations previously established under trilateral projects to ensure their greater integration in the development context of third-party countries, and to promote the dissemination of their results and impacts both regionally and internationally. So far, three projects have been implemented and four are in force: 

Classic projects implemented: 

  • Institutional strengthening of the National Institute of Metrology of Mozambique
  • Risk management and prevention of natural disasters in Mozambique
  • Environmental Technology Center in Peru

Classic projects in force: 

  • Improved cashew planting material and by-product processing technologies for Ghana
  • Knowledge management in Research, Technology Transfer and Innovation in Biodiversity
  • Energy Efficiency (industrial sector and labeling) and Distributed Generation in Bolivia
  • Innovation of drought resistant forage systems in the mesothermic valleys of Cochabamba in Bolivia

The second area involves developing innovative forms of trilateral cooperation, focusing mainly on capacity building measures. The Human Capacity Development (HCD) program is carried out by Brazilian sector organisations that provide the technical content of the training with support from GIZ, which focuses on methodology and providing tools for monitoring and evaluating the results and impacts. In response to demands expressed by developing countries, especially in Africa and Latin America, ABC and GIZ agree upon the goals of the training, and the changes these institutions will need to make in the chosen areas. They then identify Brazilian sector organisations with extensive experience in the relevant field and jointly prepare the capacity building measures, which are then offered predominantly in Brazil. 

The HCD started in 2017, and so far has executed five courses with eleven different institutions from developing countries, which were: 

  • Photovoltaic systems
  • Environmental impact evaluation
  • Environmental education in the context of family farming 
  • Management for results in protected areas
  • Management of contaminated areas


       So far, the Brazil-Germany trilateral cooperation has achieved: 

  • A total of eleven financial resources, personnel or institutional contributions that were not initially planned have been achieved for two projects;
  • Four projects have already been designed based on the new manual for trilateral cooperation;
  • Five international training programs were designed and implemented with the following Brazilian partner organisations: National Service of Industrial Training - SENAI, Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources -IBAMA, Brazilian Ministry of Environment – MMA, Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity – ICMBio, and São Paulo State Environmental Company – CETESB;
  • The courses have trained a total of 72 participants from eleven public institutions of Angola, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Brazil.
  • Four out of five participating institutions on the 2017 HCD courses have implemented their action plans after returning to their countries.

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