International Climate Initiative (ICI)

Adaptation, Biodiversity, Mitigation, REDD+
Method of Support
Concessional loans, Grants
Eligible Countries
Broad eligibility, including developing, newly industrializing, and transition countries in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Small Island States in the Pacific and the Caribbean, and others
Funds Pledged
EUR 1,733 million
Funds Received
EUR 1,733 million
Funds Approved
EUR 2,125 million
Source: International Climate Initiative. Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. “The Project Portfolio.” (As of Mar 2017)
TIPS by USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific

Getting to know your GIZ country office is a good entry point for understanding and accessing German government funding opportunities. Details on local representation of GIZ staff can be found at: https:// html.

It is also interesting to note that from 2008 to 2013 around EUR 300 million went towards projects in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

The International Climate Initiative (ICI) is a funding instrument under Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The ICI finances projects that promote climate-friendly economies, support measures for climate change adaptation, and reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). As a key element of Germany’s contribution to climate finance, the ICI provides assistance mainly through technology cooperation, policy advice, and capacity development.
Target area
The ICI focuses on four broad areas of support: Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions; Adapting to the impacts of climate change; Conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+); and Conserving biological diversity. Priority sectors in mitigation include sustainable consumption, energy efficiency, waste management, and transportation. In the area of adaptation, the ICI supports projects that help develop and implement national adaptation strategies, promote ecosystembased adaptation, and manage climate risks, among others.
How to access the fund
The ICI selects projects for funding through a call for proposals. Project proposals can be submitted by Germany’s federal implementing agencies, NGOs, business enterprises, universities and research institutes, as well as by international and multinational organizations, such as development banks and United Nations bodies and programs. The ICI Programme Office makes funding decisions based on a two-stage process: (i) an appraisal of project outlines; and (ii) a review of full proposals. Applicants must submit project outlines by the deadline, using templates available on the ICI website. Shortlisted projects will then be asked to submit a formal funding application for another round of evaluation.
Approval process

The projects are selected based on a variety of criteria, including the needs of partner countries, fund availability, internal foreign and development policy criteria and any existing multilateral and bilateral cooperation with the German government.

Other key selection criteria for fund approval include assessing the aptitude of project partners – in terms of competence, capacity and experience – and determining the suitability of the project – in relation to transformative impacts, sustainability of outcomes, and self-financing and/ or third-party financing opportunities.