New BMZ projects to focus on most effective and efficient ways to achieve SDGs

25 July 2017

By Evelyn Anago

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has revised its procedure for reviewing proposals for new and follow-on bilateral and regional projects, to ensure that its commissioned projects will most effectively and efficiently achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) according to the German government’s agreed development cooperation roadmap with each of its partner countries.

The new procedure started to be piloted on the 1st of June this year, and will be fully implemented on 1 January 2018.

The changes will require GIZ, in its project proposals and preliminary assessments, to clearly identify the contribution/s of the project to the SDGs; to offer BMZ two strategic options for project implementation at optimum effectiveness and efficiency; to provide more details on significant activities, milestones with timeframes, instruments, costs, and expected outputs and challenges; and to assign values to performance indicators, among other changes.

In the course of the implementation of projects, major cost deviations from the planned amount should also be clearly explained.

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An online training on the new procedure was conducted on 17 July. Further training can be offered by GIZ Head Office as needed.