Map Pakistan

Pakistan is one of Germany’s most important partners in international cooperation. GIZ, operating as GTZ until the end of 2010, has been working in Pakistan on behalf of the German Government, mainly the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA), since the bilateral agreement was signed in 1972, and has maintained a country office in Pakistan since 1990.

At present, there are around 40 international and more than 300 national staff working for GIZ in Pakistan, as well as three CIM experts.

Despite its considerable potential, Pakistan faces numerous socioeconomic and political problems, including a high rate of illiteracy, poor access to education, health care and political participation, high unemployment and widespread poverty. Women and girls are disadvantaged in economic, social and political terms.

The destructive exploitation of natural resources, lack of infrastructure, low tax revenues, widening gaps in the energy supply, and a lack of transport and storage capacity, resulting in substantial agricultural losses, are some of the other problems facing Pakistan.

Good governance, rule of law and the reliable, poverty-oriented delivery of public services continue to be major challenges for Pakistan. Poor governance performance by the central and local authorities, ongoing problems with public safety and security as a result of religiously motivated or other forms of extremism, and frequent natural disasters make it more difficult for Pakistan to make sustainable development progress.

Geographically, German development cooperation with Pakistan centres on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in the north-west of the country.

GIZ’s activities focus on the following priority areas:

  • Education and vocational training
  • Health
  • Renewable energies and energy efficiency
  • Good governance

Good governance is a key issue. The objective in this area is to strengthen development-oriented conditions which will have a spin-off effect in other priority areas.

For a number of years, we have been working on behalf of BMZ to support development and reconstruction in politically sensitive contexts, e.g. in the tribal areas on the border with Afghanistan (Federally Administered Tribal Areas – FATA) and in the Swat region.

Thanks to our widely recognised services and longstanding presence in Pakistan, we have won the support of several donors who provide substantial cofinancing for BMZ projects. In the education sector, cofinancing agreements exist with the European Commission, the Netherlands, and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The French development agency Agence Française de Développement (AFD) cofinances our activities in the health sector in the FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas, which border Afghanistan) region. Here the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is also cofinancing measures to improve people’s livelihoods.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

GIZ Office Pakistan
Country Director
Heinrich-Jürgen Schilling

Office address
GIZ Office Pakistan
House No. 25, Street 55
F-7/4 Islamabad
Phone: +92 51 111 489 725
Fax: +92 51 2656 376

Postal Address
House No. 25, Street 55, F-7/4 Islamabad
F-7/4 Islamabad