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Foreword by the Management Board

Dear readers,

Development is pivotal for peace. Unfortunately, this simple sentence is taking on ever greater significance in our fragmented world. Now more than ever, we need more dialogue, more togetherness and more international cooperation – true to the motto
listen, connect, transform.

Every day through our work at GIZ, we see how climate action, food and nutrition security, educational opportunities and social stability are all interconnected. As an actor in the field of international cooperation, we take a holistic approach to these global issues. To achieve lasting peace and stability in fragile regions, we need to give equal consideration to social, environmental and economic issues. Governments, civil society and the private sector must work together to advance societal development through partnership.

Photo: Der Vorstand der GIZ.
From left to right: Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Vice-Chair of the Management Board; Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Chair of the Management Board; Anna Sophie Herken, Managing Director
© GIZ / Gaby Gerster
In this video, Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Chair of the GIZ Management Board, and Paula Ingabire, Rwandan Minister of ICT and Innovation, talk about the role of partnerships in international cooperation.
Portrait photo: Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel.

»Local implementation partners in our partner countries are crucial to the success of our work. They know the local conditions best. We work with them to develop solutions and put them into practice together. Only in this way can we bring about change that truly benefits the people.«

Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Chair of the Management Board
© GIZ / Gaby Gerster

Maximising effectiveness and sustainability through partnerships

In our role as a service provider in the area of international cooperation, partnerships are the key to success. We engage in ongoing dialogue with the people we work for and with. We actively listen to our partners in order to understand their needs and proposed solutions. By integrating these into our approaches, we constantly learn and broaden our perspectives. Only in this way can we develop bespoke solutions that contribute to lasting stability and peace.

We connect with other cooperation partners and pool expertise to address the many challenges we face – be it as Team Europe or with multilateral organisations. In climate partnerships, we work closely with other countries to collectively achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Everyone benefits from the different perspectives and range of experience. Mutual respect and trust are the pillars upon which our partnerships are built.

To achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda, development cooperation and the private sector need to stand shoulder to shoulder. Without private sector engagement, we will not be able to mobilise the resources needed to realise the 2030 Agenda. As GIZ, we support investments and knowledge sharing, create networks, and pave the way for innovations – to truly transform prospects for the future..

Portrait photo: Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven.

»Global problems can only be solved through global cooperation. This is especially true with regard to climate change. Here, every emission avoided counts. When we work in climate partnerships to support government investment in renewable energy, we all benefit in the end.«

Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven,
Vice-Chair of the Management Board
© GIZ / Gaby Gerster
Portrait photo: Anna Sophie Herken.

»In partnerships with the private sector, we connect relevant interests and strengths. This creates not only opportunities for economic development in our partner countries, but also added value for the companies involved – through training for local experts or better standards in supply chains, for instance.«

Anna Sophie Herken, Managing Director
© GIZ / Gaby Gerster

Working in a fragmented world

For us, one thing is clear: partnerships are instrumental in counteracting increasing fragmentation – and so in continuing to bring about change worldwide. We would like to sincerely thank our commissioning parties, our shareholder and all of our partners for the trust they place in us and our work, even in these difficult times.

GIZ’s business volume amounted to nearly EUR 4 billion in 2023. Our workforce of around 25,600 staff members implements these funds responsibly and effectively around the globe on a daily basis. We are extremely grateful for their hard work in what can sometimes be very difficult conditions.

We once again reaffirmed our commitment to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact in 2023. This is a reflection of our commitment to sustainability, which is both part of our company DNA and what we strive to achieve with our solutions. Lasting peace and a future worth living for everyone – that is our vision. This can only be achieved through partnerships and development cooperation. After all, development is pivotal for peace.

Unterschrift: Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel.

Chair of the Management Board

Unterschrift: Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven.

Vice-Chair of the Management Board

Unterschrift: Anna Sophie Herken.

Managing Director