The services delivered by GIZ draw on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried and tested management know-how. As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ is also engaged in international education work around the globe.
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. GIZ 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.
Most of the work of GIZ 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, Building and Nuclear Safety, the Federal Ministry of Defence, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Ministry of the Interior – as well as German states and municipalities, and public and private sector clients in Germany and abroad. These include the governments of other countries, European Union Institutions, such as the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank. We work closely with the private sector and promote synergies between the development and foreign trade sectors. GIZ’s 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.
GIZ operates throughout Germany and in more than 130 countries worldwide. Our registered offices are in Bonn and Eschborn. We have 16,510 staff around the globe, almost 70 per cent of whom are employed locally as national personnel. There are also 869 development workers currently carrying out assignments for GIZ. In addition, CIM – which is jointly run by GIZ and the German Federal Employment Agency – places experts with local employers.At the end of 2013, GIZ had concluded subsidy agreements with 545 integrated experts, while 439 returning experts were receiving financial support and advice.
GIZ’s business was over EUR 1.9 billion as at 31 December 2013. (Figures as at 31 December 2013)