SDG Partnership facility (SDGP)

(Updated August 2019) With the SDG Partnership facility (SDGP), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with RVO.nl, aims to contribute to the achievement of various sustainable development goals in developing countries. Companies, public institutions, NGOs and knowledge institutions that want to cooperate in a PPP in order to contribute to sustainable development goals (SDGs) in developing countries can receive grant funding from the SDGP facility from 2019 onwards.

Working in food security and private sector development in emerging markets and developing countries is complex in nature since there are often different interests involved. In such cases, problems cannot be financed by just one party. That is why the SDG Partnership facility encourages the establishment of PPPs for joint initiatives of private sector development for food security. Larive International can help clients to successfully complete the subsidy application and project implementation.

Participation requirements

Initiatives of PPPs may be eligible for support. SDGP projects must contribute to one or more of the following goals:

  • Reducing malnutrition;
  • Promoting growth in the agricultural and fisheries sector;
  • Creating sustainable and ecologically sound food chains;
  • Creating better labour conditions and efficient working procedures;
  • Causing an increase in private investments.

In the first call, PPPs can submit project proposals with one of the following themes:

  1. Efficient value chains
  2. Nutrition value
  3. Circular economy – agri-sector
  4. Better work and income for youth and women

The partnership must consist of a maximum of 6 partners and include 1 Dutch organization, 1 local organisation, 1 NGO or knowledge institution, 1 company and 1 government organization. A local government organization is preferred.


The available budget for the second call is € 30 million. Per project, a co-financing subsidy of at least € 500,000 and at most € 3 million can be granted.

SGDP country list

SDGP is open to activities in the countries included in the SDGP country list.

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh*, Benin*, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi*, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt*, Ethiopia*, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana*, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq*, Jordan*, Kenya*, Kosovo, Laos, Lebanon*, Liberia
, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali*, Morocco, Moldavia, Mongolia, Mozambique*, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria*, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories*, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda*, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal*, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan*, Sri Lanka, Sudan*, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia*, Uganda*, Vietnam, Zambia.
*IGG-DDE-countries are getting bonuspoints.

Can we support you?

The SDGP programme consists of three consecutive phases:

  1. Project development– Development of a project idea that has to be translated into a concept note.  Upon submission of the concept note, you will receive follow-up advice from an RVO advisor on your project idea and next steps for the full proposal.
  2. Subsidy application– A full project proposal and subsidy application have to be written following RVO templates and regulations. After an assessment, the subsidy can be granted to your project. Please note this is a tender process.
  3. Implementation and follow-up– After an official approval, you may carry out the project under the supervision of RVO.

Larive International has extensive experience with the FDOV facility, the facility for PPPs for food security and private sector development prior to SDGP. Larive has successfully initiated FDOV projects during previous tenders (2012, 2014). This includes the development of the project concept, establishing the partnership and submission of the full proposal and subsidy application.

At current, Larive International coordinates FDOV projects in East Africa (FoodTechAfrica – aquaculture) and India (FoodTechIndia – horticulture). Larive has (partner) offices in most of the SDGP applicable countries, a strong track record in the agro-food sector, extensive experience with initiating and coordinating projects with consortia of public and private partners and an excellent relationship with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Larive adds value by being an experienced project developer in the application phase. Moreover, we act as a neutral project coordinator in the partnership, aligning individual interests while ensuring the successful realization of project results.

Submission of concept notes is open until 1 October 2019 and subsidy application should be submitted between November 15, 2019, and December 16, 2019, 15:00 (CET). We would be happy to support you through the different SDGP project phases if your project is fitting the requirements. Please fill in this form to check it out.


When do we match?

  • When you have the ambition to enter selected markets in Africa, Asia or Central and Eastern Europe with a solid entry strategy
  • When you would like to take advantage of the experience of those companies who went before you
  • When you want insights from a trustworthy advisor that is with deeply embedded local know how
  • When a direct contact person in your home market makes you feel comfortable
  • When you want to benefit from 40+ years’ of experience with business development in high growth markets

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