Almost 6 billion euros
The IKI is a key element of Germany’s climate financing and the funding commitments in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative places clear emphasis on climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity. The IKI aims to:
- Promote a climate-friendly economy by supporting partner countries in establishing a climate-friendly economic structure that prevents climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions;
- Promote measures for climate change adaptation by supporting appropriate national programmes in selected partner countries that are especially vulnerable to climate change;
- Promote and finance measures for preservation and sustainable use of carbon reservoirs/Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).
IKI supports through two main funding pillars: the thematic and the country-specific selection procedures. Both procedures use idea competitions to select innovative projects. This approach ensures that the best ideas and concepts will be implemented and that the diversity of the implementing partners grows. In addition to selecting projects from the ideas competitions, IKI also offers Small and Medium Grants for small-scale projects.
Recipients of project funding must report on the progress of their project to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) at regular intervals. Interim reports must be submitted to the Programme Office of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) by 30 April. The period covered by these reports is to 31 December of the previous year. If a project has ended, a final report must be submitted to the IKI Programme Office within six months. This consists of a status report and a financial report. For more information on the provisions laid down in the IKI grant agreements and the information on support for projects under the International Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety, reference this page.
All funding decisions on projects are made by the BMU. The IKI works closely with GIZ and KfW, two organisations contracted by the German government to perform development cooperation tasks. Administration of the IKI is carried out by a programme office located at GIZ, and supported by additional personnel capacity from KfW. An international advisory group, of up to 30 members, offers strategic support to the practical work undertaken by the IKI. The international advisory panel is made up of experts from governments, academia, non-governmental organisations, companies, financial markets and international financial institutions. Meeting once every year, the Group advises the IKI on the identification of project types, activity areas and ways to harness potential for cooperation and synergy. In addition, the panel debates the future direction of the IKI and discusses best practice.
Participation in the ideas competition of IKI Thematic Calls is open to the following organisations:
- Non-governmental organisations;
- Universities and research institutions;
- International intergovernmental organisations and institutions such as development banks;
- United Nations organisations and programmes;
- Implementing organisations of the Federal Republic of Germany;
- Commercial enterprises.
- Partner country governments and individuals cannot participate in the ideas competition.