The KfW Bank Group is Germany’s national development bank, headquartered in Frankfurt. KfW was founded in 1948 and originally focused on reconstruction. KfW is owned by the Federal Republic of Germany (80 %) and the states of Germany (20 %).
KfW provides financing to governments, public enterprises and commercial banks. In terms of climate change, KfW has a focus on resilience building, risk management and risk transfer (insurance), and mitigation, ranging from low carbon infrastructure development, to renewable energies, energy efficiency and transportation.
Of particular interest might be the InsuResilience Solutions Fund, established in 2017 to provide support for the development, promotion and implementation of climate risk insurance, including for product development, capacitybuilding and knowledge generation.
KfW also capitalized the former Climate Insurance
Fund (CIF) with € 68 million, now re-named the InsuResilience Investment Fund that specifically contributes to reducing the vulnerability of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as lowincome households to extreme weather events.
Eligibility to Receive Funding
Depending on the program, eligibility ranges from governmental (national, subnational) to nongovernmental entities, including private sector and NGOs.
Regional Focus: world-wide
KfW has a broad portfolio, and climate change is relevant across various sectors. However, specific areas of interest are:
- Renewable energies;
- Energy efficiency;
- Early warning & disaster risk reduction;
- Resilient infrastructure;
- Adaptation in agriculture, fisheries and water;
- Sustainable land management; • Climate risk insurance and risk financing;
- Climate financing.
Grants, concessional loans, blended finance products, equity and guarantees.
KfW usually does not accept unsolicited proposals but works with partners to identify possible funding opportunities. A main entry point would be either the KfW country/regional program or the specialised program managers.
D – 60325 Frankfurt/ Main, Germany