The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) combines since January 2011 the missions and competences of the German Development Service (DED), the German Organisation for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the InWEnt – Capacity Building International; most of it’s activities are commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It operates in more than 130 countries worldwide and employs approximately 17,000 staff members worldwide, more than 60 % of whom are local personnel.
In it’s work it takes account of political, economic, social and ecological dimensions as it supports it’s partners at local, regional, national and international level in negotiating solutions in the broader social context.
The German Society for International Cooperation operates in the fields
economic development and employment,
governance and democracy,
security and peace building,
reconstruction and civil conflict transformation,
food security, health and basic education as well as
environmental protection, resource conservation and climate change mitigation.
It provide management and logistical services to help it’s partners perform their development tasks. In crises it carries out refugee and emergency aid programmes.
As part of it’s development services, it delegates technical advisors to partner countries and give young people a chance to gain professional experience around the world.