Title: IKI Thematic oriented selection procedure

About the IKI:

International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) finances climate and biodiversity programmes in ODA eligible states. It supports programmes on policy advice, capacity building, technology cooperation and investment as well as the implementation of policies and strategies.

Requirements for implementing organisations:

The following institutions may apply: Non-governmental organisations, business enterprises, universities and research institutions from Germany and abroad, implementing organisations of the Federal Republic of Germany, institutions in the partner countries (including accredited national implementation organisations in international or multilateral organisations), as well as multilateral organisations and institutions such as development banks and United Nations organisations and programmes.

The implementing organisation primarily responsible must meet the following criteria:

  • Together with local partners, it must have implemented programmes in the field of international cooperation and in the relevant thematic field for at least five years.
  • The annual BMU programme funding volume may not exceed the annual turnover of the primarily responsible implementing organisation, measured against the last three financial years (to be shown).
  • The implementing organisation primarily responsible must present its access to the relevant stakeholders in the partner country.

The suitability of the consortium will also be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Suitability of the main implementing organisation responsible (technical, administrative and management competences)
  • Suitability of the other implementing organisations (technical and administrative competences)
  • Consistency of the distribution of roles and responsibilities within the consortium

General information about the selection process:

BMU selects programmes for IKI funding on the basis of ideas competitions that are announced regularly. Country specific as well as thematic selection processes are launched. Each time, BMU also publishes the corresponding funding information

Each selection process consists of two stages:

Stage 1

  • For the first stage of the selection procedure, coherent programme outlines need to be submitted in English through the online platform using the corresponding user interface on the IKI website. BMU will evaluate all complete programme outlines received in this format by the IKI Secretariat by the submission deadline.
  • After this deadline, the online system for submitting programme outlines is no longer accessible. Programme outlines that are not submitted using the appropriate channel cannot be considered in the further stages of the selection procedure.
  • Taking into account foreign and development policy criteria as well as available budget funds, BMU makes a preliminary selection of promising programme outlines. Applicants are informed in writing of the results of the evaluation.

Stage 2

The lead executing organisations of promising programme outlines receive a written invitation to present a formal programme proposal and, immediately after that, can request funding for preparing the programme, for instance for studies, appraisal missions, or planning workshops with partner institutions. After the written invitation, lead organisations have eight months to submit their programme proposal. This proposal will be subsequently evaluated by BMU and serve as a basis for its decision. The appropriate requirements and templates that should be observed in this process – including requirements with respect to monitoring and safeguards – will be announced once the first stage of the procedure is completed.

Guidelines and Standard Indicators:

Programme application is open to applicants worldwide through a regular call for proposals. This two-stage procedure is designed to ensure that funding is awarded to ambitious programmes with the most suitable implementing organisations. Applicants, whose submitted programme outlines have passed the first stage of the selection process according to predefined criteria by the BMU, are invited in a second phase to submit detailed programme proposals. These proposals are expected to be drafted in concordance with the guidelines on results-based programme planning and monitoring in the IKI, also known as the guidelines on programme planning and monitoring. The following points apply in particular to BMU-funded programmes:

  • Designing an international climate finance architecture
  • Innovation and the multiplier effect
  • Transparency and Coherence
  • Learning from Experience
  • Standard Indicators

Funding priorities:

The programmes apply for one of the 13 thematic funding priorities:

  • Bringing financial flows into line with climate change goals – implementation of Article 2, para. (1)(c) of the Paris Agreement
  • Capacity building to meet the transparency requirements of the Paris Agreement
  • Digitalisation of transportation in Asian or Latin American urban areas
  • Alternatives to new fossil energy infrastructure, in particular to coal-fired power generation
  • Energy efficiency in the fields of industrial and production facilities, trade and commerce
  • Strategic use of cooperative approaches under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
  • Establishing climate-friendly and biodiversity-friendly product standards and consumption methods
  • Upscaling, mainstreaming and implementation of community-based adaptation
  • Activities at the UN Decade for the restoration of ecosystems, with the focus on forests
  • Conservation and restoration of peatland ecosystems
  • Protection of terrestrial and marine biodiversity
  • Protection of pollinator and insect diversity
  • Capacity building for the implementation of the work programmes of the World Biodiversity Council (IPBES)

Duration: The maximum duration of the programme should be eight years.

Deadline: Programme outlines can be submitted until 02 April 2020, 11.59 Hrs (CET) exclusively through the IKI online platform in English.

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Name of the Organisation
International Climate Initiative
Grant Amount
Euro 20,00,000
Closing date of Proposal
Thursday, 02 April, 2020
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