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Strategy cycle
2017–2019:
what we have achieved

The new Strategy is based on findings from the previous cycle, which ended in 2019. Both are aligned with the four areas of action: effectiveness, business development, expertise and alliances, and value for money. The objectives and results from the last strategy cycle are summarised below.

Area of action

Effectiveness

Our objective:
We meet the expectations of our partners, commissioning parties and Shareholder by producing tangible, sustainable and measurable results.

Results:

We developed new digital solutions in order to achieve better results. One example is the techDetector, which is a digital application that can be used to analyse innovative technologies and the benefits they potentially offer for sustainable development. We also opened a GIZ Data Lab. We want to use this to harness the potential of big data and improve how we communicate our results.

Area of action

Business
development

Our objective:
We develop economically viable business activities together with our commissioning parties.

Results:

The volume of commissions has grown in recent years. We continued our work in the displacement and migration, climate and energy, and security and stabilisation business areas and opened up two additional business areas: digitalisation, and employment and development. We also made further progress in developing our range of services for cooperation with the private sector, including services to promote small and medium-sized enterprises in Africa.

Area of action

Expertise
and alliances

Our objective:
We mobilise expertise by harnessing the skills and motivation of our staff, working with strong cooperation partners and forming strategic alliances.

Results:

We have worked to ensure that our workforce is equipped to meet future needs. For instance, we introduced more flexible guidelines on working hours and locations with a new company-wide agreement. We adopted new, standardised rules for staff assignments in fragile contexts, which put work in these countries on a clearer and more consistent basis. We also strengthened the position of national staff with a new mission statement and a revised selection procedure for national managers.

Area of action

Value
for money

Our objective:
We ensure value for money and compliance by using our resources efficiently and responsibly.

Results:

GIZ is taking account of the growing requirements in terms of value for money, efficiency and information security. We have defined parameters for cost-output reporting, for example, which enables us to increase transparency about how we use our funds, and for what purposes. To enhance process efficiency in the field structure, we have created organisational standards and worked to pool commercial roles and consolidate our implementation structures at regional level. We have also improved our compliance and risk management systems and made GIZ more secure in the digital world. We monitor our IT architecture and protect our sensitive data better.