Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Berlin, Germany
Joined February 2012

GIZ German Agency for International Co-operation

Working efficiently, effectively and in a spirit of partnership for sustainable development, we co-operate with Governments and institutions in developing, transition and industrialised countries. This is what the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is all about. Merged on 1 January 2011, we bring together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German development service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German technical cooperation) and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, we work in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe.

Who we work for

We are commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and other German ministries – in particular the Federal Environment Ministry. Clients also 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 results-oriented interaction between the development and foreign trade sectors. Our considerable experience with alliances in partner countries and in Germany is a key factor for successful international cooperation, not only in the business, academic and cultural spheres but also in civil society.

The company at a glance

GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide. In Germany, we maintain a presence in nearly all the federal states. Our registered offices are in Bonn and Eschborn. GIZ employs approximately 17,000 staff members worldwide, more than 70% of whom are local personnel. In addition, there are 1,110 development workers, 700 integrated and 455 returning experts and 820 ‘weltwärts’ volunteers.