Fund a project

Do you want to play a significant role in the transition towards a worldwide circular economy?

The PREVENT Waste Alliance provides you with unique funding opportunities and the chance to join forces with key players in the circular economy to create collective impact!

Why fund projects and activities of the PREVENT Waste Alliance?

The PREVENT Waste Alliance is a recognized international network with a proven track record in developing and piloting successful circular solutions and tools. We focus on countries and regions where circular economy solutions are most promising. Transparent and inclusive circular systems that promote economic welfare while protecting the environment and ensuring social justice are of utmost importance to us.

PREVENT is currently financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Your financial contribution will top up public funding of the German Federal Government and allow the Alliance to extend its scale and impact.

Your benefits

  • Allocate funds according to your strategy to tackle the circular economy challenges that are most important to you.
  • Pool resources with PREVENT members and increase the scale and impact of circular solutions while minimising individual risks.
  • Benefit from the innovation power, cross-sector expertise, and state-of-the art tools of the PREVENT practitioners.
  • Test solutions under real conditions in different countries/regions in collaboration with local partners and experts.
  • Gain high visibility for your project. The PREVENT secretariat will communicate the activities financed by you on all its media channels, reaching a large audience of relevant stakeholders.

With your additional funding we can develop new circular economy innovations, replicate or upscale successful solutions and tools and integrate them into (inter-)national guidelines and standards. Let’s join forces to achieve more together!

You have two options for financing or co-financing activities (such as projects/studies/events) of the PREVENT Waste Alliance:

Financing options for projects

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Option A)

You channel funds through the PREVENT Secretariat (GIZ) for specific activities. The scope and timeline of the activities will be agreed upon in a co-financing agreement, which requires a minimum contribution of 250,000 EUR. You can also pool smaller amounts with other organisations.

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Option B)

You use the PREVENT Waste Alliance as a platform for project development, implementation, and communication (without channelling funds through the PREVENT secretariat).

PREVENT project criteria

  • Project proposal presents a circular economy solution in low- and middle-income countries
  • Project idea belongs to one or more of the thematic focus areas of PREVENT
  • Project proposals are ideally developed within a PREVENT working group or have been (peer) reviewed by a working group
  • Project proposals must be approved by PREVENT’s Steering Committee
  • Project teams include at least one PREVENT member and one local organisation
  • 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 considering:
    • development cooperation priorities (such as crisis resilience, employment, involvement of the informal sector, gender) and SDGs
    • the needs and characteristics of the partner country and beneficiaries of the project
    • scalability of the project

We look forward to discussing your project idea!


The secretariat organises the meetings of the plenary and the steering committee, supports the working groups, and is responsible for the communication of the PREVENT Waste Alliance. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to fulfil the secretariat function.

Nicole Bendsen

Nicole Bendsen

PREVENT Secretariat

+49 (0)228 4460 3889



PREVENT Waste Alliance
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