Germany’s donor partnership with the EIB began in 2005, with an initial contribution to the FEMIP Trust Fund (FTF). Germany has since contributed a total of EUR 25.8 million to four EIB trust funds. In addition to the FTF, Germany established the International Climate Initiative (IKI) Fund, which supports ambitious climate action projects in developing economies. Germany is also supporting technical assistance in Eastern Partnership countries via the Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Trust Fund (EPTATF), as well as the roll-out of critical regional infrastructures in sub-Saharan Africa via the EU-African Infrastructure Trust Fund (EU-AITF).
Donor partnerships provide an effective vehicle for donors looking to deliver sustained impact in developing countries. They enable donors to work with the EIB to unlock projects with high socio-economic returns, reaching out to people and places with additional support for targeted development outcomes. EIB activities outside the EU account for around one third of EU development aid. All contributions to EIB donor funds are considered Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible.