The services delivered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH draw on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried and tested management know-how. As a federal enterprise, they support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. They are also engaged in international education work around the globe.
They offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. To ensure the participation of all stakeholders, GIZ apply a holistic approach based on the values and principles upheld in German society. This is how they facilitate change and empower people to take ownership of their own sustainable development processes. In doing this, they are always guided by the concept of sustainable development, and take account of political, economic, social and ecological factors. GIZ support his 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. They also support our partners with management and logistical services, and act as an intermediary, balancing diverse interests in sensitive contexts. In crises, we carry out refugee and emergency aid programmes.
Through programmes for integrated and returning experts, GIZ place managers and specialist personnel in key positions in partner countries. They also promote networking and dialogue among actors in international cooperation. Capacity development for partner-country experts is a major component of our services, and we offer our programme participants diverse opportunities to benefit from the contacts they have made. They also give 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.
GIZ operates throughout Germany and in more than 130 countries worldwide. Registered offices are in Bonn and Eschborn. They have more than 17,000 staff across the globe, some 70 per cent of whom are employed locally as national personnel. There are also around 1,000 development advisors working 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 2011, almost 600 integrated experts had employment contracts with organisations and companies in the field, while 450 returning experts were receiving financial support and advice. Last year just under 500 young people were assigned abroad through the ‘weltwärts with GIZ’ programme. At year-end GIZ’s business volume stood at around EUR 2 billion. (Figures as at 31 December 2011)
GIZ and EIUC
On 26 September 2004 the German federal enterprise Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, with 30 years of experience in international cooperation, became one of the new strategic partners of EIUC. The strategic partnership with GIZ also adds a new dimension of expertise and a new forum for dissemination of human rights-related concerns to the existing network structure. Both institutions cooperate to organise seminars and conferences on issues of joint interest.