Training Workshop Practical Guidance for BMZ-Project Proposals, March 20 – 22, 2018

from: March 20 – 22, 2018
Venue: Karl Kübel Institute for Development Education (KKID), Coimbatore, South-India;

(© Karl Kübel Stiftung).


A good number of Asian NGOs approach organizations in Germany seeking financial assistance in order to fund their project interventions. Despite the fact that the various partner organizations have developed very close cooperation and mutual understanding, most of the German organizations face limitations in financing all requests. Furthermore, the capacity to generate funds through increased acquisition of donations by applying new fundraising methods is limited. 

In order to complement their funding capacity many German organizations take advantage in approaching the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and apply to co-finance suitable projects. Meanwhile for many German funding agencies this instrument is most vital to address the needs of their NGO-partners and the target groups in the South. It is generally understood that the applicants - German NGOs as well as the counterparts in the South - must cohere to strict regulations in applying for and managing Government funds, which finally are being generated from German tax-payers. Therefore it requires certain knowledge and capacities for the applying organizations to fulfil all these requirements as well as to formulate and present proper application formats with high chances of success. Additionally, there are more and more organizations competing for the limited government funds available.

It is the experience of German organisations that they receive project proposals, which do not meet the required qualitative standards, i.e. which neither allow the appraising of the underlying idea in a proper manner nor receiving enough information for formulating good co-finance proposals. In many cases, laborious and time consuming processes with numerous communication and telephone conversations follow in order to establish a sound basis on information enabling the German organization to compile a successful application.

Since the beginning of 2016 there are major electronic adaptations for the German NGOs to submit project applications online to Engagement Global bengo and BMZ. The requirements for the Local Project Executing NGO to collect data and to provide information have been changed and extended as well. Participants in the workshop will be introduced to the new “Guidelines” and to the changes in regard of the application procedure. Changes in the implementation and accounting/reporting regulations will not be covered by this workshop.

Target Group of the workshop:

Participants from NGOs in responsible positions dealing with concept development and planning of projects and programmes of development cooperation in all fields. 

Please, note that this workshop does not contain any training on the “Logical Framework”. It refers to the rules and regulations of the BMZ budget line 687 76 only “Guidelines for the funding of projects of importance to development under the responsibility of private German executing agencies”. Nevertheless, knowledge of formalized planning procedures and practical experience in project planning is very much appreciated.

Workshop language will be English. It is necessary that participants are fluent in the same.


  • Participants have a better understanding on the co-finance requirements of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
  • Participants have the capacity and knowledge in generating and providing appropriate information and data to the German Partner Organisation enabling a successful co-finance application.


  • Theoretical background of BMZ funding
  • BMZ funding regulations for NGO projects and formats
  • NGO preconditions and capacity requirements
  • Problem analysis, setting of objectives, impact and indicators
  • Activities to achieve goals
  • Cost establishment und preparation of finance plan
  • Time Matrix
  • Sustainability and risk
  • Appraisal

The workshop will be organized with an emphasis on practicals and lectures. There will be regular intervals between theoretical introduction in the plenary and practical discussions in working groups. Because of the “guided tour” through the BMZ application format participants will have a comprehensive overview of the major rules but have also deeper insights in the nature of each application requirement. After the end of each session participants will receive a short description in key-points for a suggested solution.

Resource Person / Trainer Profile

Bertold Trittler is a Social Economist with a M.A. in Rural Social Development, born in 1949 and married, 3 children.

Bertold Trittler has retired as the Coordinator of bengo, the German Advisory Centre for NGOs in Development Cooperation, attached to “Engagement Global”. He has 20 years of experience in advising and counselling NGOs on writing project applications and on understanding the co-finance facilities of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Mr. Trittler has also several years of experience in the management of NGO projects in African and Asian Countries. 

Organisational details: 

The number of participants is limited to 25 persons. The costs per person for the three-day’ workshop are 23.000 Rs. / 320,- Euro incl. food / accommodation, transport from station / airport Coimbatore to KKID and training materials. Taxes as applicable will be extra and shall be borne by the participant. 

Please, register yourself, your colleagues and/or staff until February, 10, 2018 latest. Due to spam problems we can only accept Online-Registration.

IT / Computer / WIFI

Please feel free to bring along your Laptop or I-Pad to work on it. Nevertheless we have to inform you that there is no ‘WIFI’ available in and around KKID. You can for sure check your personal emails at the facility provided in the course house where you will have the programme.

For any clarification, please, contact Mrs. Sabine Beier, Karl Kübel Stiftung für Kind und Familie, Germany
Tel:  0049 (0)6251 7005-22/Fax: 0049 (0)6251 7005-65;

Looking forward to welcome you in Coimbatore! 

Invitation and registration


For any clarification, please, contact Mrs. Sabine Beier, Karl Kübel Stiftung für Kind und Familie, Germany

Tel:  0049 (0)6251 7005-22/Fax: 0049 (0)6251 7005-65; Email: s.beier(at)

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