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Fiscal 2021

GIZ’s business volume in 2021 was EUR 3.7 billion, equivalent to a year-on-year increase of around 11 per cent (2020: EUR 3.3 billion). There was also an increase of 12 per cent in the commissions received by GIZ, which were worth a total of EUR 4.7 billion (2020: EUR 4.2 billion).

Business volume in 2021

GIZ’s business volume is made up of income from the public-benefit business area and the GIZ International Services business area, which is taxable. The majority of our work in the public-benefit business area is commissioned by the German Development Ministry (BMZ) and other German public sector clients. This business area accounted for EUR 3.6 billion of the business volume in 2021 – an increase of 11 per cent compared with the previous year (2020: EUR 3.2 billion).

The taxable business area also recorded considerable growth in 2021. International Services generated a total of EUR 135 million in revenue – an increase of 25 per cent compared with the previous year (2020: EUR 108 million). Through this business area, international institutions such as the European Union, the United Nations, governments worldwide, businesses and private foundations can commission GIZ directly.

GIZ in competition

GIZ increasingly receives commissions – funding for crisis management, development partnerships with the private sector, special initiatives and cofinancing – through ideas competitions, in which it competes with other public and public-benefit institutions. More than 40 per cent of this revenue comes from the special initiatives with which BMZ sets development priorities. The total income generated from the special initiatives, of which there are four in total, was around EUR 583 million in 2021 (2020: EUR 500 million). 

Implementing effective projects even during the pandemic

In 2021, we teamed up with commissioning parties and local partners once again to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, GIZ was able to use EUR 281 million from the BMZ budget item ‘Bilateral technical cooperation’ (TC budget item). Commissions to promote global health have received a significant boost, with GIZ recording an increase of 68 per cent in new commissions compared with the previous year (2021: EUR 225 million; 2020: EUR 134 million). Commissions in the climate and renewable energy sector continue to be important, accounting for around a third of our work (2021: EUR 1.4 billion; 2020: EUR 1.2 billion).

Solving global challenges together

Partnerships and cooperation with other organisations increase the impact of development policy. In the context of cofinancing, existing projects undertaken on behalf of BMZ or other German federal ministries are supplemented by additional funding from third parties or by a component or measure. In 2021, GIZ acquired EUR 626 million in cofinancing, an increase of 23 per cent against the previous year (2020: EUR 508 million).

Cofinancing institutions can be UN organisations, international donors (i.e. countries and their development organisations), enterprises, private foundations or the European Union. In 2021, the EU was once again the largest source of cofinancing in the public-benefit business area and was the main commissioning party in the GIZ International Services business area. GIZ’s business volume with the EU was EUR 505 million, an increase of almost 18 per cent on the previous year (2020: EUR 428 million).

Contracts awarded to third parties

Cooperation with third parties is an important instrument as drawing on a wide variety of expertise enables us to increase the impact of our work and the effectiveness of implementation. In 2021, GIZ awarded contracts worth more than EUR 2.3 billion, an increase of 30 per cent compared with the previous year1 (2020: EUR 1.8 billion). Of these, 77 per cent were awarded by GIZ Head Office, while contracts worth around EUR 561 million were awarded by the field structure, accounting for 23 per cent.

1 The total contracts awarded include a one-off contract entered into for the construction of the GIZ Campus in Eschborn worth EUR 234 million.


Detailed information on GIZ’s financial position and income and a look ahead to 2022 can be found in the Annual Statement of Accounts 2021

Trend in public-benefit business area

As at: 31 December 2021 (2020)
Total income (in EUR million)1

davon Kofinanzierungen Dritter zu BMZ-Vorhaben2558481
davon Sonderinitiativen2583500
davon Kofinanzierungen Dritter zu DÖAG-Vorhaben36826
Sonstige Geschäftsfelder im GnB43128

German public sector

As at: 31 December 2021 (2020)
Income from German public sector clients (in EUR million)1

Income from German public sector clients (in EUR million)120202021
Federal Foreign Office9785
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection270175
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action3235
Cofinancing provided by third parties for projects commissioned by German public sector clients32668
Other federal ministries and other German public sector clients (e.g. state ministries)107
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture32
Federal Ministry of Defence35
EU twinning agreements523
Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community21
Federal Ministry of Finance106

Reasons for the decrease of 14 per cent in income from German public sector clients include delays connected with the pandemic as part of the commissioning processes, funding shifts between years and the high income in 2020 due to the one-time effect of the BMUV project on NAMA Facility Mitigation Accounts.

GIZ International Services (InS

As at: 31 December 2021 (2020)
in EUR million1

KategorieWert 2021 in Mio. €Wert 2020 in Mio. €
Gesamtleistung InS nach Finanzier135108
Nationale Regierungen755
Bi- und multilaterale Geber1413
Deutsche Öffentliche Auftraggeber84330
Europäische Union5344

GIZ over the past decade

in EUR million1

GIZ business volume2.0323.701(+82%)
Income in ideas competitions from BMZ funding9 incl. cofinancing2871388(+384%)
Income from cofinancing10177626(+254%)

All values shown without decimal places. There may therefore be rounding differences.
This figure shows only cofinancing for BMZ commissions, which is included in the total income generated in commissions implemented on behalf of BMZ.
This figure shows cofinancing arrangements for the projects commissioned by the other German public sector clients (with the exception of BMZ).
This figure shows income from micro measures in the public-benefit sector and grants.
Indirect income from European Commission-funded bilateral administrative partnerships between the German Government and accession candidates or European Neighbourhood Policy states. GIZ is commissioned by the responsible German federal ministry to prepare and support such measures.
EUR 0.4 million.
Includes financing bodies that use funds from the budget of a country in which we operate.
Covers all German public sector clients including federal ministries but in the case of InS also, for instance, the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
In addition to the TC and ICR budget items, BMZ also has open budget items in which GIZ competes with other organisations and institutions in ideas competitions to attract funding and commissions.
10 This figure shows cofinancing arrangements in the business sectors BMZ and German public sector clients.

Information on the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be found on this page:

Graphic: GIZ: SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth
Graphic: GIZ: SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production

Information on the following sustainability standards can be found on this page:
The Code 1