Germany and China are already utilizing Triangular Cooperation (TrC) to advance the synergies between North-South development cooperation delivered by Germany and South-South cooperation provided by China in joint projects.
In 2017, the Sino-German Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) was jointly established by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China to promote, among others, TrC as an innovative cooperation modality.
So far, the CSD has successfully incubated several projects which are now under implementation with beneficiary countries in Africa and Asia.
Following the efforts of the CSD, the Fund will further broaden the partner network with Chinese institutions in varied sectors and increase efficiency of project identification, preparation, and implementation of TrC projects. In China, the Fund will coordinate closely with the CSD in daily operations. 
On the Chinese side, there is commitment to further expand TrC. The State Council underlines in the white paper on “China’s International Development Cooperation in a New Era” /《新时代的中国国际发展合作》白皮书 which was released in January 2021 that “China is open to international development exchanges and triangular cooperation” and “encourages the private sector, civil society, and charitable organisations to play a greater role”.


The Fund holds Call for Proposal in China regularly to collect proposals of TrC pilots. The most recent one opens from April 11th, 2022 to May 29th, 2022. The Call for Proposal in China applies to

  • Chinese organizations from civil society, business sector, academia or public sector who will assume the role of “Pivotal Partner” in TrC pilot measures. “Facilitating Partner” (German organizations) and “Pivotal Partner” (Chinese organizations) need to jointly provide technical expertise and/or funding to resolve development problems for “Beneficiary Partner” stemming from Global South.
  • Organizations from the Global South working in civil society, business sector, academia or public sector, who will assume the role of “Beneficiary Partner” in TrC pilot measures to cooperate with China and Germany.
  • The proposed TrC pilot should be completed within a 9-month implementation period.
If you are interested in submitting a TrC idea, just simply follow these steps:


First, download the Handbook of Call for Proposals to check the eligibility and evaluation criteria.


Second, download and fill in the Template of Triangular Cooperation Pilot Proposal.


Third, send the completed template back to

Each proposal will be evaluated on the basis of the Fund’s criteria and German availability of technical capacity and funding.

A decision on whether to pursue the idea in principle is usually made within 4 weeks of the submission deadline. You will then directly receive the result from the Fund.

If your idea pass the evaluation, the Fund will support you in the next step to further conceptualization and implementation of the proposal.