Frauen Werkstatt


Unlock the potential
of African markets


Tailor-made funding and advisory services

We help you to extend your business potential - with tailor-made, individual solutions. Together with you, we develop sector-independent and demand-oriented projects, so-called job partnerships, in order to overcome your investment barriers and create sustainable employment.

For this purpose, we unite the strengths not only of businesses but also of academia and public administration in order to jointly find sustainable solutions: with a comprehensive range of support services, we assist you from the initial idea through the development right up to the successful implementation of your project. Alternatively, we might grant subsidies for employment-promoting investments.

The objective of Invest for Jobs is to unite the strengths of the various players within the framework of the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" in order to jointly find sustainable solutions and successfully implement your investment project.

Our advisory and financing services at a glance

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Advice and support for employment-generating business development

Business & Invest Lab - Working together to overcome investment obstacles

Focus: A wide range of services – from expert advice, technical studies, contacts and matchmaking to implementation support.

At the Business & Invest Lab we develop projects in Germany and in the partner countries together with German, European and African companies in order to remove concrete obstacles to investment through job partnerships - and thus, contribute to the creation of employment in the partner countries. We offer you tailor-made solutions from the various instruments of the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition".

From the idea to the development up to the concrete implementation of the project, we will support you in the realisation of your employment-effective business project, for example in the form of:

  • Advice on expert topics and general conditions
  • Technical studies
  • Contacts and matchmaking
  • Complementary financing, for example for inter-company training or to strengthen local suppliers

We also help with the design of training measures, the establishment of sustainable value and supply chains, efficient logistics processes and matters relating to customs clearance.

Fostering Training and Employment through develoPPP for jobs

Focus: Development partnerships between businesses and the public sector with the aim of promoting employment

develoPPP is a funding programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is aimed at companies that want to invest sustainably in a developing or emerging country and expand their local operations. Prerequisites for support are a long-term business interest in the country and a sustainable developmental benefit for the local people.

Within the framework of develoPPP for jobs, an instrument which was specially developed for the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition", targeted support is provided for employment-generating projects in the African partner countries.

Interested German, European and local companies can submit their project ideas in regular competitions. The partnerships can be based in a wide variety of sectors and pursue different approaches. They range from the training of local professionals and income generation to the stabilisation of value chains and the improvement of social standards.

In the projects that are supported by Invest for Jobs, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is assisting companies as an experienced partner in development cooperation from planning to implementation.

Funding per project: 100,000 euro to 2 million euro public contribution (max. 50% of total cost).


Alliance for Product Quality in Africa

Focus: Consulting with a key emphasis on quality infrastructure

In the Alliance for Product Quality in Africa, institutions with expertise in quality infrastructure work together with companies active in Africa to improve the quality of locally produced products, so that they can be exported internationally. We follow a co-creation approach: Together we identify concrete challenges and develop tailor-made solutions.

The aim is to establish a network for product quality and to strengthen the capacity of companies to comply with qualitative and legal requirements in order to facilitate access to international sales markets.


Here you can find examples of GIZ projects

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Financial support for your project

Starting in the first half of 2020, the investment facility “Investing for Employment“ of KfW Development Bank will provide funding for companies, non-profit organisations and public partners to overcome obstacles to investment, for example for

  • construction and equipment of training centres
  • investments in IT
  • access roads
  • improvement of electricity supply
  • improvement of the local supply industry

The facility provides grants through calls for proposals for employment-enhancing investments, accompanying advisory services and the set-up of investments, such as environmental and social impact assessments. This will remove barriers to creating of additional and better jobs in the private sector.

Generally, funding is made by means of competitive call for proposals on the basis of transparent funding criteria. The project partners are expected to make a substantial contribution.

Funding per project: 1 million euro to 10 million euro

Please click here for further information regarding the Investment Facility and its current Call(s) for Proposals

Here you can find examples of projects of the investment facility “Investing for Employment”

Invest for Jobs - How to invest successfully in Africa:

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    Get in touch with us

    You are interested in a cooperation and would like to realize a project idea? Then use our contact form or send us an e-mail to We will be happy to help you free of charge and without any obligations.

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    Our experts review your project

    Our experienced consultants analyse your project and identify possible investment obstacles. We advise you on the individual funding options and make our network available to you.

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    We further develop your project and implement it cooperatively

    Upon request, our consultants will support you in concretizing and implementing your project. Jointly, we can develop a long-term strategy at the interface of business and international cooperation.

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    Get the ideal financial support

    If additional funds are needed, we offer financial support for your project or investment.

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    Enter the project implementation with a strong team

    Enter the project implementation with a strong team

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Calls for Proposals

You would like to implement an investment project which creates new jobs? Take part now in a call for proposals in our partner countries in order to receive co-financing grants. You will also find information about previous and future calls for proposals.

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