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GIZ profile

As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, we are dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe – from the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries. We work with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions, fostering successful interaction between development policy and other policy fields and areas of activity. Our main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The commissioning parties and cooperation partners all place their trust in GIZ, and we work with them to generate ideas for political, social and economic change, to develop these into concrete plans and to implement them. Since we are a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and European values are central to our work. Together with our partners in national governments worldwide and cooperation partners from the worlds of business, research and civil society, we work flexibly to deliver effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2020, we generated a business volume of around EUR 3.3 billion. Our 23,614 employees almost 70 per cent of whom are national staff, work in around 120 countries. As a recognised development service provider, we currently have 483 development workers in action in partner countries. Furthermore, in 2020, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is run jointly by GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency, placed 212 integrated experts and 516 returning experts with local employers in our partner countries, or provided them with financial support, advice or other services.*

* Personnel and business figures as at 31 December 2020


10 years of GIZ

In 2011, DED, GTZ and InWEnt merged to form a new company – GIZ. We still love change, and actively shape it. Yet, at the same time in our work around the world, we build on stability and on the experience of our predecessor organisations. GIZ turns 10. That is a good reason for us to say thank you and to recognise all that we have achieved. With others, and even more importantly for others.

GIZ around the world

Map shows the outlines of the individual continents. Red points mark the projects featured in the Integrated Company Report.

GIZ has two registered offices in Germany, one in Bonn and one in Eschborn. The company is also represented at six other locations in Germany as well as over 80 offices around the globe. Some of these are country offices that we share with other German development cooperation organisations and others are our own country offices.

GERMANY: Berlin / Bonn / Düsseldorf / Eschborn / Hamburg / Magdeburg / Mannheim / Munich-Feldafing

AFRICA: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire / Abuja, Nigeria / Accra, Ghana / Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / Algiers, Algeria / Antananarivo, Madagascar / Bamako, Mali / Cairo, Egypt / Cotonou, Benin / Dakar, Senegal / Dar es Salaam, Tanzania / Freetown, Sierra Leone / Gaborone, Botswana / Juba, South Sudan / Kampala, Uganda / Khartoum, Sudan / Kigali, Rwanda / Kinshasa, DR Congo / Lilongwe, Malawi / Lomé, Togo / Lusaka, Zambia / Maputo, Mozambique / Nairobi, Kenya / Niamey, Niger / Nouakchott, Mauritania / Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso / Pretoria, South Africa / Rabat, Morocco / Tunis, Tunisia / Windhoek, Namibia / Yaoundé, Cameroon

ASIA: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates / Amman, Jordan / Ankara, Turkey / Baghdad, Iraq / Bangkok, Thailand / Beirut, Lebanon / Beijing, PR China / Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan / Colombo, Sri Lanka / Dhaka, Bangladesh / Dushanbe, Tajikistan / Hanoi, Viet Nam / Islamabad, Pakistan / Jakarta, Indonesia / Kabul, Afghanistan / Kathmandu, Nepal / Manila, Philippines / Moscow, Russian Federation / New Delhi, India / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Ramallah and East Jerusalem, Palestinian territories / Riyadh, Saudi Arabia / Sana’a, Yemen / Tashkent, Uzbekistan / Ulan Bator, Mongolia / Vientiane, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic / Yangon, Myanmar

EUROPE: Baku, Azerbaijan / Belgrade, Serbia / Chișinău, the Republic of Moldova / Kyiv, Ukraine / Priština, Kosovo / Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Tbilisi, Georgia / Tirana, Albania / Yerevan, Armenia

CENTRAL AMERICA: Guatemala City, Guatemala / Mexico City, Mexico / San José, Costa Rica / San Salvador, El Salvador / Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic / Tegucigalpa, Honduras

SOUTH AMERICA: Bogotá, Colombia / Brasília, Brazil / La Paz, Bolivia / Lima, Peru / Quito, Ecuador / Santiago, Chile

* As at 31 December 2020
These are GIZ country offices. Overall, GIZ operates in some 120 countries around the world.


Our commissioning parties and cooperation partners

The diversity of our commissioning parties and cooperation partners is also reflected in this report. It showcases a range of projects that we have realised in conjunction with our clients and partners, including:

Logo: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
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Logo: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Logo: EU #TeamEurope
Logo: Australian Aid
Logo: Heidelberg University Hospital
Logo: HZI – Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Logo: ILO – International Labour Organization
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Logo: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Logo: UNDP – Empowered lives. Resilient nations.
Logo: UN Environment Programme
Logo: UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Logo: World Health Organization

Information on the following sustainability standards can be found on this page: 
GRI standard 102-4, 102-5, 102-7