Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

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GIZ provide services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of the federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from GIZ’s services. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is its main commissioning party, and while also working closely with the private sector, GIZ helps to foster successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.

All GIZ’s commissioning parties trust its staff to generate ideas for political, social and economic change on their behalf, to develop these into concrete plans and to implement the envisaged change processes. Since GIZ is a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and European values are central to its work. This makes GIZ a reliable service provider that people can trust. Together with partners, GIZ experts work to deliver flexible and effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2014 its business volume exceeded two billion euros. Around 70 per cent of GIZ’s local workforces of 16,410 people are national personnel working in over 130 countries. In its capacity as a recognised sending organisation, there are currently 785 GIZ development workers in action in partner countries. In addition, CIM, a joint operation of GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency, placed around 1,000 integrated and returning experts with local employers abroad in 2014 while providing them with financial support and advisory services.

The GIZ Development Service

The GIZ Development Service sends development workers to partner countries involved in international cooperation with Germany in Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. They advise state and civil society organisations at local level. Services are provided in areas ranging from economic development, employment promotion, democracy and education, promotion of rural development, efficient health care systems promotion and civil conflict transformation.

Development workers cooperate closely with grassroots actors in the partner country, drawing on their professional experience and competencies in order to promote sustainable development across the globe. By offering their expertise and an outside perspective, they can support partner organisations in overcoming obstacles to development and finding innovative solutions. GIZ development workers advise state and civil society organisations within programs that GIZ delivers on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). They focus on the local level and complement the services that GIZ provides at national and regional level.

On their return, former development workers make an important contribution to creating an open and tolerant society in Europe by carrying out voluntary development work. Through the Education meets Development Programme (BTE), for instance, they raise awareness of development issues in kindergartens, schools, universities and independent education institutions. BTE is run by GIZ’s cooperation partner Engagement Global GmbH in Bonn. Furthermore, Engagement Global provides advice and funds for social commitment.

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