Call for Solutions

Together for a Crisis Resilient Circular Economy

The call has been closed on 26 June. Many thanks for all the submitted proposals! The selected projects will be announced soon.

The PREVENT Waste Alliance is searching for innovative and sustainable solutions that contribute to a circular economy in low- and middle-income countries, with a special focus on projects that mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or strengthen systems against future crises.

In line with the PREVENT Waste Alliance´s overall objective, the solutions shall contribute to minimising waste, eliminating pollutants and maximising the reutilisation of resources by combining the expertise of multiple PREVENT Waste Alliance members. The solutions shall address the particular needs of low- and middle-income countries to develop self-sustaining waste management and circular economy approaches.

The selected pilot projects should therefore achieve tangible impacts on:

  • waste prevention
  • reuse/refurbishment
  • recycling processes
  • institutional and human capacity building
  • awareness raising
  • regulatory frameworks.

The focus is on plastic packaging, single use plastics and electronic waste.

Who can participate?

Members of the PREVENT Waste Alliance (private sector, public entities, academia, civil society organisations) in cooperation with local organisations in partner countries of German development cooperation.


Financial contribution

The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), via the PREVENT Waste Alliance secretariat (GIZ), will support pilot projects through financial contributions which range between 100,000 EUR and 200,000 EUR per contract partner.

The PREVENT Waste Alliance secretariat will offer digital FAQ sessions and provide case specific advice to project teams upon request.

A non-profit organisation is eligible to apply for the call for solutions if it is a public-law institution, an organisation recognised as charitable or if its activities have a charitable purpose. Note that organisations in low- and middle-income countries are categorised as non-profit if their project has a developmental impact or their activities are charitable.

A for-profit organisation is eligible to apply for the call for solutions if it is a registered private sector company (German, international, local and regional companies in the partner country) that finances, plans and implements a partnership project with a developmental impact.

Pilot project criteria

  • At least two PREVENT members and one local partner involved.
  • Responsibilities of each team member/partnering organisation must be clearly defined, showing that sufficient human and technical capacity are available in the team to implement the project.
  • Pilot projects may consist of several contracts, either with GIZ or as sub-contracts amongst members.


  • Clear description of expected results in terms of the project´s contribution to the objective of the PREVENT Waste Alliance and its working groups.
  • Innovative, integrated approach taking into account
    • development cooperation priorities (such as crisis resilience, employment, involvement of the informal sector, gender)
    • the needs and characteristics of the partner country and beneficiaries of the project
    • scalability of the project.
  • Concept notes should refer to partner countries of German development cooperation, including, but not limited to the following country list:
    • Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Morocco
    • Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Vietnam
    • Latin America: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru
    • Europe: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldavia, Serbia, Ukraine
  • Reflection on potential limits of pilot project, including challenges and sustainability risks during and after its implementation.

Based on the legal entity of project team members, different contract options are available once a pilot project has been selected:

Non-profit organisations can either be direct contract partners of GIZ or sub-contracted by another (profit or non-profit) project team member. If contracted by GIZ:

  • An assessment of the administrative eligibility of the potential recipient organisation will take place. This involves an assessment on the organisation’s legal form, the public-benefit status, the accounting system, the contract award procedures, the internal and external controls and previous experience.
  • A project description and a detailed budget plan must be submitted.


For-profit organisations can either be direct contract partners of GIZ or sub-contracted by another (profit or non-profit) project team member.

The following scenarios are possible:

  • If the private company/ies can provide an own financial or in-kind contribution of at least 50% of the project costs a development partnership can be established between GIZ and the private company/ies and the company/ies will be asked to submit a project description and detailed budget plan.
  • Measures which are implemented by for-profit organisations without an own contribution must always go through a tender process. Note that this is also the case if sub-contracted by another project team member. The short concept note will be openly published for applicants to submit their technical and financial offer.




May-June 2020

Deadline for Applications is 26 June 2020.

The PREVENT Waste Alliance secretariat will offer digital FAQ sessions, provide advice to project teams and offer different exchange formats.


July 2020

The secretariat, in close collaboration with the steering committee and BMZ, as commissioning ministry, will select solutions for implementation.


As of August 2020

Selected project teams will be announced and asked to submit more detailed project descriptions and budget plans. GIZ will prepare contracts according to the recipient organisation and internal procurement and contracting regulations.


Until June 2022

Project implementation can start upon contracting and must end no later than June 2022.

Deadline and contact person

We are looking forward to receiving your applications!

  1. Download the application template.
  2. Fill in all relevant information.
  3. Submit your solution proposal by sending it to no later than 26th of June 2020.