The DDFs competition is conducted in a multi-stage process. First, the potential eligibility of a project is determined on the basis of a short application. A project proposal is potentially eligible if all terms and conditions are met. If a short proposal is deemed potentially eligible, the partnership is invited to submit a full project proposal. The full project proposals are then reviewed for actual eligibility by BMZ and GIZ based on established evaluation criteria. Finally, the project proposals found to be actually eligible are submitted to the competition jury, which makes the final evaluation

The jury of the DDF consists of representatives of the BMZ, the GIZ, the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE), the German Institute for Human Rights, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research/International Potato Center (CGIAR/CIP).    

Once the winning partnerships of the competition have been selected, financial support for the project proposals is provided by GIZ within the framework of financing contracts. 

Who can apply?

Project proposals are submitted by a partnership between one or more private sector actors, as well as (at least) one non-profit corporation based in the EU, the European Economic Area, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or in a partner country of the BMZ. Projects are funded with a sum of up to 123,000 EUR over a period of up to 12 months.

Which projects are to be funded?


  • that meet the guiding principles of corporate due diligence to a considerable degree
  • whose methodological approach is suitable for adaptation by other companies in the agricultural and food sector
  • which have a particularly high potential to mitigate human rights and environmental risks effectively and sustainably 
  • which embed the planned measures in a process-oriented implementation logic and do not only achieve selective effect
  • which promote gender equality through targeted measures 

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