European Union – Zambia Business Club

To increase trade and investment between Zambia and the European Union and to contribute to a conducive business environment in Zambia.

Applications for 2023 will be accepted from November 15th 2022 to January 15th 2023. Applications received at other times will not be part of the yearly selection process. Please note: Applications have to be submitted in paper version with original signatures! Applications received per emails cannot be accepted.

Small-scale projects financed by the German Embassy in Zambia

The fund for micro-projects of the German Embassy was established as a part of the technical cooperation between Germany and Zambia and is part of Germany’s overall development co-operation that contributes to poverty alleviation and improvement of living standards, to cover the basic needs of the poorest social classes, especially in rural areas. It should give quick and efficient help where no funds from government institutions, other co-operating partners or civil society organisations are available.

The project must be independent and not related to any other running project within German-Zambian Bilateral Cooperation. It targets mainly at community groups/organisations, which would like to engage in developmental activities like income-generation or provision of basic services.

Basic guidelines for applications:

Projects, which cannot be financed by the body responsible itself (e.g. Community Based, Non-Government and Faith Based Organizations registered in Zambia) can be supported. Projects, which are in the first place of advantage to Government agencies, business people or other individuals seeking support in order to establish or improve their services or private businesses do not qualify for the micro-project scheme.

Micro projects should be supervised by a local authority/responsible person and after completion be continued by the beneficiary. Generally around EUR 8.500,00 (currently around ZMW 140,000) are granted per project. In special cases the amount of support can be increased. However, labour, administrative costs and travel expenditure cannot be borne. The applicant organization has to contribute financially or by labour (self-help).

Semi-financing of projects, e.g. by several donors, is not permitted, and the project may not be financed from other German sources, such as the GIZ etc. Projects shall be accounted for at the latest six months after signing the agreement. A project can only be financed once. Gender issues will receive preference during the selection process.

Examples of projects:

Bore holes, garden projects, shelters for vulnerable children, construction/renovation of school classrooms, income-generating articles (sewing machines, tools/machines for a joinery or a locksmith’s trade) etc.

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