Africa Facility

Development partnerships under the Africa Facility are implemented by GIZ together with Africa-based companies, the associations that represent them and other institutions in society. Such partnerships combine the respective strengths of public and private partners.

Companies benefit not only from GIZ’s experience and regional expertise, but also from its network of experts in Africa. At the same time, private sector involvement contributes to the achievement of development policy goals. Development partnerships are planned, financed and implemented jointly.

In addition, GIZ promotes and facilitates policy dialogue in its partner countries. This enables it to support government institutions in independently initiating development partnerships with the private sector, thereby also promoting an enabling environment for such partnerships. At present, the work of the Africa Facility is focused mainly on Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda.

Requirements / criteria

What conditions need to be met?

To be funded by the Africa Facility, development partnerships with the private sector need to conform with the sectoral priority areas agreed with the partner country. The following five prerequisites must be met in order to implement a development partnership:

  • Each measure must be consistent with the development policy goals of the German Government.
  • Public and private contributions must complement each other in such a way that the cooperation allows both partners to achieve their goals more effectively and more quickly, as well as at a lower cost (complementarity).
  • A contribution from the public sector is only made if the private partner were to refrain from carrying out the measure in the absence of the public partner and the measure is not legally required (subsidiarity).
  • Fair competition must be guaranteed. Cooperation with the Africa Facility is open to all Africa-based companies and is communicated in a transparent fashion.
    The company must make a substantial financial and/or human resources contribution (the private sector contribution must cover at least 50% of the overall costs).

Within the framework of the Africa Facility, GIZ cooperates with Africa-based companies which respect key values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection, anti-corruption and relationships with surrounding communities. The financial circumstances of a company must also be such that they guarantee the financial viability of the project and enable it to remain sustainable even after the project has come to an end (companies must have at least 10 employees, have been present on the market for three years, and generate an annual turnover of at least EUR 1 million). A company will be automatically disqualified if it fails to satisfy these criteria. A company is qualified (although not entitled per se) to be part of a development partnership if it is able to positively satisfy the criteria.

Application process

How can companies get involved?

Companies interested in cooperating with GIZ under the Africa Facility are welcome to submit proposals at any time. The specific details of a development partnership are worked out jointly on the ground in the target countries (Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Tunisia).

There are two stages to the application process:

  1. Interested companies complete the first part of the application form and return the proposal to GIZ ( GIZ examines the submitted proposals for their feasibility and suitability before notifying the company of its decision.
  2. If a proposal is approved, the company completes the second part of the application form. Together with GIZ, it draws up costings for the measure as well as a plan of operations. In joint discussions, the two sides flesh out the proposal into a development partnership. Once the finalised development partnership has been approved, a contract is drawn up between the company and GIZ. Following the signing of the contract, work can begin on implementing the development partnership.