Working together for change
As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, they are dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of their federal enterprise is in demand around the globe – from the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries. They work with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions, fostering successful interaction between development policy and other policy fields and areas of activity. Their main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The commissioning parties and cooperation partners all place their trust in GIZ, and they work with them to generate ideas for political, social and economic change, to develop these into concrete plans and to implement them. Since they are a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and European values are central to their work. Together with their partners in national governments worldwide and cooperation partners from the worlds of business, research and civil society, they work flexibly to deliver effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.
The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2017, they generated a business volume of around 2.6 billion euros. Their 19,506 employees, almost 70 per cent of whom are national personnel, work in around 120 countries. As a recognised development service provider, they currently have 590 development workers in action in partner countries. Furthermore, in 2017, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is run jointly by GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency, placed 385 integrated experts and 484 returning experts with local employers in their partner countries, or provided them with financial support, advice or other services.
They work to shape a future worth living around the world.
They manage change.
They work holistically, draw on extensive implementation experience and share responsibility for achieving objectives with their partners.
They provide know-how.
Their services are built on a wealth of regional and technical competence and tried and tested management expertise.
They develop solutions.
They use their wide range of instruments and networks flexibly and innovatively to create value for their commissioning parties and to empower people to shape their own development processes.
They act as an intermediary.
Their core competencies include balancing diverse interests in sensitive contexts and providing entry points for the private sector and civil society.
They are value-driven.
As a federally owned enterprise, they are guided by the principles of their social order, act in the interests of Germany and, first and foremost, support the development policy of the German Government.
They advise policymakers.
At home and abroad, they help decision-makers accomplish their political objectives.
They secure results.
Their work is about producing results in a transparent, efficient and partneroriented way and in line with good commercial practice.
They are a global player.
Decentralised structures, intercultural competence and a highly professional workforce are the factors that fuel their success.
Their actions are guided by the principles of sustainability.
They believe that only by combining social responsibility, ecological balance, political participation and economic capability will current and future generations be able to lead secure and dignified lives.
Conflicting goals and interests have to be resolved fairly among all stakeholders. Negotiation processes of this kind must be professionally designed if development is to be sustainable.
This belief guides their work with clients and partners, their interactions with each other, and the way they structure their operations.
They perform their tasks in keeping with these convictions and are committed to upholding the values enshrined in the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany.
In particular, they:
advocate respect for human rights, equal opportunities and integrity;
support the rule of law and civic participation and are committed to ensuring fair negotiation processes, both within and outside the company;
promote a market-oriented, ecological and social economic order and observe the principles of corporate responsibility in their work.
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