“Nice to match you!” Is the slogan of a project by the German development agency GIZ: According to the lid and the pot principle, the leverist.de platform matches business opportunities in the area of development projects with interested companies. The win-win promise is: easier market access while at the same time contributing to sustainable development. So far so good. But it can be done even better.
The next step would be not only to match the economy with existing projects, but also to take this interface into account when planning development projects. Because companies are not "nice to have" in the areas of energy supply and smart infrastructure to waste management, but rather the key to sustainable development. And in order to use their potential effectively, you need matchmaking as well as an understanding of what companies can, need and want - and innovative development agencies that look beyond their own pots.