German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH
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The services delivered by the German Societiy for International Cooperation (GIZ) draw on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried and tested management know-how. As a federal enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe.
GIZ offers demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. To ensure the participation of all stakeholders, it applies a holistic approach based on the values and principles upheld in German society. This is how GIZ facilitates change and empowers people to take ownership of their own sustainable development processes. In doing this, it is always guided by the concept of sustainable development, and take account of political, economic, social and ecological factors. GIZ supports its partners at local, regional, national and international level in designing strategies and meeting their policy goals.
GIZ operates in many fields: economic development and employment promotion; governance and democracy; security, reconstruction, peacebuilding and civil conflict transformation; food security, health and basic education; and environmental protection, resource conservation and climate change mitigation. It also supports its partners with management and logistical services, and act as an intermediary, balancing diverse interests in sensitive contexts. In crises, GIZ carries out refugee and emergency aid programmes. As part of its services, it also seconds development workers to partner countries.
Through programmes for integrated and returning experts, GIZ places managers and specialist personnel in key positions in partner countries. It also promotes networking and dialogue among actors in international cooperation. Capacity development for partner-country experts is a major component of its services, and it offers its programme participants diverse opportunities to benefit from the contacts they have made. It also gives young people a chance to gain professional experience around the world – exchange programmes for young professionals lay the foundations for successful careers in national and international markets.
Most of the work is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries – including the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Federal Ministry of Defence, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research – as well as German federal states and municipalities, and public and private sector clients in Germany and abroad. These include the governments of other countries, the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank. It works closely with the private sector and promotes synergies between the development and foreign trade sectors. Its considerable experience with networks in partner countries and in Germany is a key factor for successful international cooperation, not only in the business, research and cultural spheres, but also in civil society.