The International Climate Initiative (IKI) is the first funding programme Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH will manage. ZUG is able to draw on well-established structures and processes developed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) which managed the IKI programme office.

From June 2018, the responsibilities and tasks of the IKI programme office will gradually be transferred to ZUG. On behalf of BMU, ZUG operates the IKI Secretariat, assuming additional administrative affairs and content management tasks involved in implementing the IKI funding programme. It evaluates project proposals, presenting them to BMU for approval. It also manages policy-related and legal processes concerning the funded projects, and oversees the exchange of experience within the IKI. The IKI Secretariat also assesses both interim and final reports with regard to use of funding provided and project success.

The transfer of the IKI programme office to the IKI Secretariat at ZUG will not disrupt or change ongoing management of IKI projects in any way. The various organisations involved will each receive details of their respective contact persons at ZUG.