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At a glance: Contributing socially

The people we work with around the world are the cornerstone of what we do. We at GIZ have a responsibility to always engage with them on an equal footing, with respect, and with regard for human rights.


national staff

The collaboration between national staff and seconded experts makes us a strong and successful organisation. National staff account for 68 per cent of our workforce.

Discover more figures about our staff here.

Portrait photo: Mariem M’Beirik.

»I could not have had any better preparation for a future leadership role.«

Mariem M’Beirik,
project manager in Mauritania
© GIZ / Benjamin Moscovici
Marcel Nitschman, Head of Section in the Procurement and Contracting Division, explains why GIZ is a pioneer in sustainable procurement.

From office supplies such as pencils and printer ink to medical products and even wind turbines – when it comes to procurement, we take into account both social and sustainability criteria. With this, we protect human rights and ensure sustainable supply chains.

Photo: A woman wearing a helmet sits on a bicycle, with palm trees on the side of the road in the background.
© GIZ / Nguyen Thanh Xuan

Bikes instead of mopeds: GIZ staff in Hanoi have recently started to ride their bamboo bikes to meetings. The bike-sharing scheme grew out of a staff initiative.