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Since autumn 2018, the Development and Climate Alliance has linked development cooperation with international climate protection by providing a platform for voluntary greenhouse gas offsetting projects which work towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In effect, the Alliance mobilises additional funds for the financing of important development and climate protection projects in developing countries and emerging economies.

Now, over 1,000 supporters with backgrounds in business, administration and civil society are working towards this goal: these partners seek to reach climate neutrality by simultaneously avoiding, reducing and offsetting their greenhouse gas emissions.


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For the securement and expansion of its long-term impact, and to establish a solid foundation for its work, the Climate and Development Alliance was restructured into a public foundation, defined by civil law. The Development and Climate Alliance Foundation was founded by the German development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) on behalf of the Bundesministeriums für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development).

The Foundation’s registered office is in Frankfurt am Main, listed under the tax number 047 250 40273, while its business address is in Berlin.

On 18 September 2020, the Foundation was relieved from corporation and business taxes because it promotes tax-privileged objectives and was thereby recognised as a non-profit organisation.

The Foundation’s Executive Board consists of Peter Renner (Chair) and Dr. Olivia Henke.

The Development and Climate Alliance Foundation is registered on the German Transparency Register. You can find the Foundation’s charter here.
The Foundation’s objectives are:

  • to promote development cooperation (section 52 para. 2 no. 15 AO / German Fiscal Code),
  • to promote the conservation of nature, the natural landscape and the environment (section 52 para. 2 no. 8 AO),
  • to promote science and research (section 52 para. 2 no. 1 AO) and
  • to promote education and upbringing (section 52 para. 2 no. 7 AO).



The Development and Climate Alliance continues to grow: over 1,000 partners have already signed on – from Sparkasse to DAX corporations, from football teams to municipal authorities. In just two years it has acquired many new supporters, which demonstrates its resounding success!

Read below to learn more about how the Alliance came about and who was involved.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) recognises that it has a responsibility to play in leading the implementation of climate protection. With this in mind, the BMZ set up the Development and Climate Alliance in autumn 2018. With the aim of promoting sustainable development and climate protection at the same time, the Alliance – an institutionalised actor coordinating platform – celebrates, promotes and brings together non-governmental forms of engagement, particularly in the private sector.
In autumn 2020, the BMZ restructured the Alliance into a non-profit foundationto increase the long-term commitment of supporters; the BMZ also chairs the Board of Trustees.

As an expert service provider, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Society for International Cooperation) helps the German government achieve its goals in relation to international cooperation. The GIZ provides tailored, cost-effective and efficient services for sustainable development.

The Development and Climate Alliance office was administered by the GIZ in Bonn until 31 May 2021. Before its restructuring, the GIZ was the primary contact for all supporters, interested parties and offsetting partners of the Alliance; it organised events and meetings, published studies and reports, and was tasked with all external communication. The office was financed by the BMZ.

The primary focus of the Forschungsinstitut für anwendungsorientierte Wissensverarbeitung/n (FAW/n) (Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing) is futurology and research into globalisation processes in the context of sustainable development. A supplementary focus of the Institute ishow these processes can be shaped through economics, politics, public institutions and society.

From the Alliance’s conceptualisation through to its implementation, the FAW/n was a driving force and supporter of the Development and Climate Alliance. The FAW/n continues to be committed to the non-governmental support of projects in non-industrialised countries that promote development and international climate protection at the same time, and it is still attracting new supporters.

The Alliance’s restructuring into a foundation in autumn 2020 set the groundwork for the Development and Climate Alliance’s permanent commitment. The foundation celebrates the work undertaken thus far in developing the Alliance, and it continues to partner and cooperate with the BMZ, GIZ and FAW/n to ensure its relevance and continuity. With its Executive Board, Peter Renner (Chair) and Dr. Olivia Henke, and its newly developed Foundation Team, it is now continuing the work of the Alliance from its office in Berlin.