KfW (business area development bank) finances investments and consultancy services in over 100 countries, in particular on behalf of the Federal Government. Reducing poverty, peace-keeping, the protection of the climate and environment as well as shaping the globalisation agenda are at the forefront of its work. For this purpose, the KfW promotes reforms, infrastructure and financial systems for social and eco-compatible economic growth in its partner countries. As part of KfW Bankengruppe, the development bank business area uses own funds for development projects.
The Helmholtz Association is a community of 18 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centres. The Association has been commissioned with pursuing basic research on behalf of the state, the economy and society. It strives to gain insights and knowledge so that it can help to preserve and improve the foundations of human life. It does this by identifying and working on the grand challenges faced by society, science and industry. Helmholtz Centres perform top-class research in strategic programmes in six core fields: Aeronautics, Space and Transport, Earth and Environment, Energy, Health, Key Technologies and Structure of Matter. The Helmholtz Association is a registered association. Its members are legally independent research centres.
AT-Verband (AT-Association) is an association that stands for advanced socially and environmentally sound technology practice. AT-Verband has been registered in Germany as a non-profit organisation since 1988. The 30 members are independent consultants, researchers, trainers, institutes and consultancy companies.
AT stands for a qualified technology practice that enhances conscious choice by the users and enables them to develop or apply technical solutions that are in their own genuine interest. The AT-Verband is committed to this objective. It aims to qualify its members and society at large for rational and sustainable technology practice, and to cooperate with public and commercial institutions for that end.
AT-Verband members are frequently contracted as consultants by a broad range of German and international organisations. Their tasks range from short-term planning and evaluation missions, through research, capacity building and periodic backstopping, to full-fledged implementation of development and other cooperation programs.