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ESTHER - Germany


Germany joined the ESTHER-Alliance in 2004. The German contribution to the Alliance is coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the ESTHER Germany Secretariat.

Through the great success of ESTHER Partnership in the past, the BMZ and the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS) have launched the initiative Health Partnerships – Partners strengthen Health as a member of ESTHER. Cooperation partners are the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The initiative is currently supporting two funding programmes. The Health Partnerships – Global funding programme implements projects around the world in various specialist fields. The University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa programme, on the other hand, has a regional focus on sub-Shaharan Africa and a changing thematic focus.


ESTHER Germany instigates and facilitates hospital and university partnerships, establishes and promotes networks between institutions in Germany and in partner countries and liaises with relevant ministries. Capacity Development is at the core of these partnership projects and is seen as a holistic approach through which people, organizations and societies mobilize, maintain, adapt and expand their ability to manage their own sustainable development.

How to apply for funding

Germany offers two different lines of funding as part of the Hospital Partnerships – Partners Strengthen Health initiative. You will find the information on each funding programme below. Please note that the German partner institution must always be the one applying for funding.



Health Partnerships – Global

University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa

When can proposals be submitted

Several funding rounds per year (next call in May 2019)

Open call eHealth (Deadline 31.05.2019);   

Call for applications every three years

Volume of financing

Up to 50.000€ for two years

150.000 – 300.000€ for 22 months

Conditions for application

Thematic Focus

No thematic focus

Current focus: eHealth

Regional focus


 Sub-Saharan Africa

Type of partner organisations supported

Non-profit or public health organisations in Germany: hospitals, non-profit enterprises, associations, non-governmental organisations or associations. On the southern partner side, a health facility that is connected to the governmental health service providers.

Universities, university clinics, teaching hospitals and research institutes in Germany and in African countries in sub-Saharan Africa

Other relevant information on financing

Follow-up funding of the partnership-projects is possible, thereby a total funding of up to 5 years

Follow-up funding is only possible if the continuation of the partnership-project is also compatible with the new thematic focus.

Find more information about the Initiative on the website

Initiated by

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1-5
65760 Eschborn


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