Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
GIZ offers customised solutions to complex challenges. We are an experienced service provider and assist the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. We offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. 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, 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.
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- Business Type:
- Service provider
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- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Over 1000
We offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. To ensure the participation of all stakeholders, we apply a holistic approach based on the values and principles upheld in German society. This is how we facilitate change and empower people to take ownership of their own sustainable development processes. In doing this, we are always guided by the concept of sustainable development, and take account of political, economic, social and ecological factors. We support our 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. We 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. As part of our services, we also second development advisors to partner countries.
Through programmes for integrated and returning experts, we place managers and specialist personnel in key positions in partner countries. We 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. We 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.
Who we work for
Most of our 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 Economics and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research – as well as German 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. We work closely with the private sector and promote synergies between the development and foreign trade sectors. Our 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.
Global reach – the company at a glance
GIZ operates throughout Germany and in more than 130 countries worldwide. Our registered offices are in Bonn and Eschborn. We 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)
We are the world’s leading provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development.
We manage change.
We work holistically, draw on extensive implementation experience and share responsibility for achieving objectives with our partners.
We provide know-how.
Our services are built on a wealth of regional and technical competence and tried and tested management expertise.
We develop solutions.
We use our wide range of instruments and networks flexibly and innovatively to create value for our commissioning parties and to empower people to shape their own development processes.
We act as an intermediary.
Our core competencies include balancing diverse interests in sensitive contexts and providing entry points for the private sector and civil society.
We are value-driven.
As a federally owned enterprise, we are guided by the principles of our social order, act in the interests of Germany and, first and foremost, support the development policy of the German Government.
We advise policymakers.
At home and abroad, we help decision-makers accomplish their political objectives.
We secure results.
Our work is about producing results in a transparent, efficient and partneroriented way and in line with good commercial practice.
We are a global player.
Decentralised structures, intercultural competence and a highly professional workforce are the factors that fuel our success.
Our actions are guided by the principles of sustainability.
We believe that only by combining social responsibility, ecological balance, political participation and economic capability will current and future generations be able to lead secure and dignified lives.
Conflicting goals and interests have to be resolved fairly among all stakeholders. Negotiation processes of this kind must be professionally designed if development is to be sustainable.
This belief guides our work with clients and partners, our interactions with each other, and the way we structure our operations. We perform our tasks in keeping with these convictions and are committed to upholding the values enshrined in the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany.
In particular, we:
- advocate respect for human rights, equal opportunities and integrity;
- support the rule of law and civic participation and are committed to ensuring fair negotiation processes, both within and outside the company;
- promote a market-oriented, ecological and social economic order and observe the principles of corporate responsibility in our work.