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Knowing what works

Contributing effectively to a future worth living – this is the aspiration we aim to live up to. To safeguard the successes of our work and to communicate these in a way that is easy to understand, we collect and publish a range of different results data.

We regularly review how we work and what we are achieving with our commissioning parties and partners on the ground. This is true not only of stand-alone projects but also of issues that span different projects and countries. In 2022, we recorded our results data for the seventh time. About 1,010 projects provided their data – some 95 per cent of all projects asked to do so.

Portrait photo: Albert Engel.
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»High marks for GIZ’s work«

Three questions for Albert Engel, Director General of GIZ’s Sectoral Department

Why does GIZ evaluate its work?

Evaluations show us what methods and approaches are effective in which sectors and under what conditions – and where there is need for improvement. They serve to create transparency and accountability toward our commissioning parties, our partner organisations and, of course, the wider public. As a federal enterprise, we work transparently and verifiably in compliance with internationally agreed standards and procedures. BMZ project evaluations account for by far the largest share of evaluations.

»Evaluations show us what methods and approaches are effective in which sectors and under what conditions – and where there is need for improvement.«

Albert Engel, Director General of GIZ’s Sectoral Department

What was the outcome of the 2022 evaluation of projects?

Overall GIZ scored high marks. That is not self-evident, particularly given the growing number of crises and our work in fragile contexts. Positive mention should be made of projects in the fields of climate and energy, and in the economic development and employment promotion sectors. The evaluation also demonstrates that digitalisation enhances the effectiveness of projects. The greater scope of digital solutions means that more people benefit from the services offered – even in isolated areas. Parallel to this, developing countries and emerging economies should be given even more support to put in place the digital policy framework needed. Only then can they drive forward lasting digital change, and we too can act more effectively.

The effectiveness of individual projects can be recorded in detail with the help of the evaluation. But what can be said about the results achieved by GIZ at a transnational or global level?

The aggregate results data gathered by GIZ every year provide the answer. They reveal results in certain topic areas at supra-project and transnational level. They tell us, for instance, how many people around the world benefit from improved working conditions thanks to our work, and how many tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions were avoided globally. This allows us to communicate our work clearly to the general public and our commissioning parties.


people have successfully
completed vocational training

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is the basis for sustainable and viable economic development. It also fosters participation in political life and in society. Thanks to GIZ’s work, 371,330 people successfully completed vocational training last year.

Learn more about TVET projects.

4.9 million

refugees, internally displaced people, returnees and residents of host communities have received support

Wars and conflicts, climate change and poverty – the reasons why people leave their homes in search of a better future are many and varied. This is a major challenge not only for those who have been displaced, but also for the host communities. We work with our partners to supply the essentials and create prospects of a future worth living.

Find out herehow we support displaced people and host communities in Ukraine and Moldova.

1.8 million

people are benefiting from better working conditions

Fair wages, human rights and environmental protection – that is what projects implemented by GIZ around the world aim to achieve. The aim is for mandatory standards to be enforced along global supply chains and for people to benefit from better working conditions. Last year, we were able to support almost 1,823,800 people in this way.

You will find some examples of our work on sustainable supply chains here.