Bread for the World


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Brot für die Welt (BfdW), including Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, is the development and relief agency of the German Protestant Regional and Free Churches and their Diakonia that is active globally. BfdW enables poor and marginalised people to improve their living conditions for themselves. The volume of funding committed to in 2017 was € 273 million. Financing for Brot für die Welt is mainly sourced from public funding, donations and collections, from the regional German Churches as well as from other third party contributions.

Eligibility to Receive Funding

NGOs and church-related institutions from developing countries are eligible for funding (mostly grants). German and international NGOs and church-related institutions that are working on development and climate policy issues (advocacy and awareness raising) can also apply for funding. Scholarships for students from developing countries who are studying in Germany and planning to work on development issues in developing countries are a third pillar of eligibility.

Regional Focus

BfdW is funding projects in more than 90 developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin-America, the Caribbean and Eastern-Europe.

Sector Focus

BfdW finances projects and programs, policy dialogue and advocacy as well as capacity building in several thematic areas including climate change (adaptation and mitigation).

Related to climate change, the sector focus includes:

  • Adaptation in the areas of resource management (water, land, forest, biodiversity, air), sustainable agriculture, protection against land degradation, erosion and flooding, afforestation, health, infrastructure development, protection of fragile ecosystems and integrated coastal zone management;
  • Mitigation focused on the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as afforestation;
  • Supporting capacity building on adaptation and mitigation, including institutional capacity, training on preventive measures, planning, preparedness and management of climate induced disasters in areas prone to extreme weather events that result in droughts and floods;
  • Disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness;
  • Strengthening existing and, where needed, supporting the establishment of national, regional and international networks on climate change for policy dialogue, advocacy and capacity building;
  • Resilience building of most vulnerable groups against climate change and weather extremes;
  • Policy dialogue and advocacy on issues for example; climate induced loss and damage, climate induced migration as well as climate risk insurance;
  • Consultancies and trainings by professionals, service by volunteers and provision of scholarships.

Funding Conditions

Applications must be in line with the objectives of BfdW (overcoming poverty and achieving justice, equal opportunities for all, empowerment of the poor and marginalised, gender equality, enhancing knowledge).

The applicants financial and organisational management capacity should be adequate to implement the suggested project/programme. Applicants usually provide an own contribution to the project. The project duration can be up to three years.

BfdW may support both, projects and programs that have an exclusive focus on climate change, as well as integrated programs that include climate change components.

Application Procedure

  • As a first step, the project idea will be shared with BfdW. Provided that the project idea complies with the general funding criteria, the relevant regional desk of BftW will provide the application format and guidelines.
  • The application template including the format for the proposal, budget and the organisational profile will need to be completed and sent back to BfdW for the internal screening process.
  • BfdW accepts and considers project and program proposals throughout the year. The proposals submitted are reviewed by the regional desks and are approved by the BfdW Approving Board as well as the Committee for Development Service and Humanitarian Aid.
  • Once the project has been officially approved, the applicant receives the Agreement of Cooperation, together with the binding schedules of income and expenditure, that form the basis of the future project cooperation.


Brot für die Welt

Caroline-Michaelis-Str. 1

10115 Berlin


Tel: +49 30 65211-1189

Email: Website: bread-for-the-world/


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