GIZ: A focus on ‘capacity development’

At the Moroccan textile firm ITEX, trainer Mina Akil instructs female trainees during their first year of training. GIZ funds projects for vocational education. Photo by: Markus Kirchgessner / GTZ

Germany’s Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit was selected as a Devex Top 40 Development Innovator based on a poll of thousands of global development professionals who are part of Devex, the largest network of aid and relief workers in the world.

Announced on April 18, Devex Top 40 Development Innovators is an impressive listing of the world’s leading donor agencies & foundations, development consulting companies, implementing NGOs, and advocacy groups.

We asked each of the Innovators four questions to learn how they stay ahead to the curve and tackle old development challenges in new ways. Here’s how GIZ responded:

‘We empower organizations as well as their personnel and the target groups we are approaching’

If you had to condense it to just one or two sentences, overall, what is it that makes your organization innovative?

GIZ focuses on capacity development. We empower organizations as well as their personnel and the target groups we are approaching.

Can you provide a specific example of something your organization has done that is particularly innovative?

As a government organization, we are able to assist on the micro-, mezo- and macro-level. To give you an example: If we consult a ministery concerning a legal text we are able to train – as the next step – the advocate’s chamber how to implement this law. And finally, we can achieve that everybody gets to know it and understands the implications, for example via a campaign (spots or popular TV shows).

Looking ahead 10 years, what are some of the innovations in international development that your organization wants to be a part of?

We believe that poverty reduction is the key to sustainable development. That is what we work for – and we want to be one of the main contributors to that target.

One factor in driving innovation at any organization is the talent you hire and the partnerships you make. How does your organization take into account innovation when it comes to cultivating talent and partners?

Our competence are our experts. We are one of the most requested employers in Germany and a worldwide brand among development agencies. We look for the best personnel and we upgrade it constantly.

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