We have received more than 130 applications with innovative and promising ideas. Ultimately, 10 ideas were chosen by the Steering Committee.

We would like to thank you very much for your engagement.


As a next step, our Steering Committee, which is the fund’s central decision-making body, will decide on the best ideas.

We will get back to you by the beginning of May.


Thank you very much for submitting your application! We appreciate your initiative to participate with innovative ideas to tackling inequality and leaving no one behind.

The call for applications is closed now.


We are delighted to announce that we have already received a lot of encouraging feedback from NGOs, think tanks, networks, GIZ projects and universities from all over the world. We would like to thank you for your attentive and obliging questions that have reached us so far. We have listed the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the website.


Inequality Challenge

Recent statistics show a global trend towards alarmingly high and rising inequalities. Therefore, more than ever there is a crucial need to develop targeted measures to reduce inequality in a sustainable manner, and take along those left behind. These important topics, however, are still not sufficiently emphasised in German development cooperation (GDC).

Against this backdrop, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has launched the Inequality Challenge – Innovative Solutions for a Global Issue. The Inequality Challenge is a fund that promotes innovative approaches, methods and tools that focus on reducing inequality and on the poorest and most marginalised people and groups. The fund is open to GIZ projects, political partners and NGOs, including think tanks and networks in partner countries of German development cooperation.

You will find all necessary information on this website. Should you have a question regarding the Inequality Challenge please see our FAQ or use the contact form to get in touch with us.

We are looking very much forward to your ideas and wish you the best of luck!

The Fund Management