Germany’s development agency, also known as GIZ, awarded 723.8 million euros ($806.6 million) worth of consultancy contracts in 2014 — a record high since the merged organization first began its activities four years ago.
With a total volume of 599.4 million euros, consultancy firms and research institutions claimed the vast majority of GIZ’s consulting business in 2014. Meanwhile, contracting opportunities for freelance consultants made up a fifth of all awarded contracts (124.4 million euros) — a smaller but still significant share.
From technical capacity building to practical project implementation, GIZ’s activities cover a range of different sectors and services. However, its market-driven and businesslike approach to development is what differentiates it the most from other major implementers.
Over the past few years, the agency has sought to position itself as a leading “service provider” in the field of international development, and particularly sustainable development. Quality management processes and monitoring and evaluation activities are firmly rooted in all aspects of GIZ’s work, and have contributed to forging its reputation of a highly efficient and results-oriented organization.
Manola De Vos is a development analyst for Devex. Based in Manila, she contributes to the Development Insider and Money Matters newsletters. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the European Union.
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