We work to shape a future worth living around the world. To this end, we offer services in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education.
GIZ is a company with exceptionally wide-ranging expertise and over 50 years of experience in international cooperation. It was created in 2011, when three development organisations merged. In what is now our tenth year, we can draw on a dense network of contacts that spans the globe. We are fully familiar with conditions at local level in the countries where we operate. This, combined with our decentralised structures, gives us both flexibility and the capacity to implement effective projects. And this in turn means that we are able to adapt rapidly to changing conditions.
We work on the basis of partnership. We ensure economic efficiency and cover costs but do not aim to make a profit. Our corporate purpose offers us clear guidance in this regard, as do unambiguous objectives and legal frameworks, including pricing and budgetary law. As a federal enterprise, we always act in the interests of the German Government, which is our main commissioning party. We have a public-benefit business area and a taxable business area.
Our goal is to generate added development value for both our clients and our partners. Our partners are the organisations we work with directly in the countries of assignment. We explore what is needed and gather an understanding in each case before translating the requirements into customised, effective, sustainable solutions . This allows us to deliver benefits at three levels. We enable individuals. We support organisations and institutions. We strengthen societies. With our work we help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the 2030 Agenda.
We are a service provider with heart and soul. As well as the advisory services we deliver from the political to the organisational and technical levels, we offer strategic capacity development services and mediation, and establish and develop networks and dialogue platforms. The spectrum of our activities also includes monitoring services for infrastructure projects including procurement, logistics and handling the financial side. Our maxim is that we never stand still, but always keep an eye on the latest trends and the changing environment and consistently develop our own skills and capacities. In a nutshell, GIZ is a learning, value-creating institution with a clear vision.