Database on German Climate Finance

The German contribtution to international climate finance is a rapidly growing part of the official development cooperation (ODA). Germany is financing mitigation, adaptation and REDD+ projects and programmes in developing countries and countries in transition. These project contribute to Germany’s fair share of financing under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Germany’s climate finance is channeled through a variety of financing instruments which are administered by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Reporting on German climate finance

The current reporting practice on German climate finance is that each Ministry has its own approach regarding the type, comprehensiveness and timeliness of the information disclosed. The International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the BMUB is publishing detailed project information for a wider public on its official website. BMZ publishes project lists on its official website (in German only), but does not provide any detailed information on the projects. This can be found on the websites of the implementing agencies (GIZ is publishing project descriptions for most projects and more recently KfW has also started to build a project database). This practice can lead to overlaps and inconsistencies, which make it difficult to get a complete picture of the actual climate finance provided by Germany.

An independent database

The German version of the website includes a database which pulls together information on German climate finance from various sources. By doing this, we want to improve transparency on German climate finance and provide more comprehensive information to a wider audience. Transparency is the basis for accountability and thus enables an independent monitoring of Germany’s share of the international climate finance. Therefore it is not only important to know the amount of financing, but also where it is going to and for what the money is spent.

The database currently contains the projects of the following financing channels and payments to multilateral climate funds:

Year Financial and technical bilateral cooperation (BMZ) International Climate Initiative – ICI (BMUB) multilateral funds Energy and Climate Fund (EKF) BMZ (CIM, DED, InWEnt) other BMZ
2008 yes yes yes  
2009 yes yes yes
2010 yes yes yes
2011 yes yes yes yes yes yes
2012 yes yes yes yes yes
2013 yes yes yes partly yes
2014 yes yes yes yes
2015 yes yes yes yes


Database features

The database is only available in German. It offers a large range of project specific information and tools for working with these data. The English website includes a set of info graphs which are dynamically generated out of the database illustrating some key issues of climate finance. It also includes the results of an analysis carried out in July 2014 on qualitative aspects of German climate finance.

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