Better clarity through international agreements
GIZ’s work is geared towards the requirements of international and national initiatives. We support the German Government with meeting its transparency obligations.
How does GIZ ensure transparency?
Data on GIZ projects is published on various channels in order to meet the different requirements for transparency in international agreements.
GIZ publishes all information on the measures we implement on our project data, which is updated daily. We also provide details on these projects to IATI on a monthly basis. For projects commissioned by the German Development Ministry (BMZ), data is sent through the ministry. GIZ reports data on other projects directly.
GIZ reports its contribution to official development assistance (ODA) annually by way of the German Federal Statistical Office. The Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-DAC) publishes the data with detailed information on each project.
BMZ publishes data on GIZ projects commissioned by the ministry on its transparency web page.
In addition, the GIZ must publicly assume accountability. Thus, the company faces regular audits, inter alia, by Courts of Auditors, such as the German Court of Auditors (BRH) and the European Court of Auditors (ECA). They regularly publish audit results.
In addition to data on its projects, GIZ publishes company reports, annual statements of accounts and other documents on its company website. The German Government’s Principles of Good Corporate Governance (PCGK) further defines national transparency requirements. For this purpose, GIZ publishes an annual Corporate Governance Report.
Information on tenders is presented here. An overview of awarded commissions is available here.
What is not published
At GIZ, we strive to achieve a high level of transparency. At the same time, there are legal regulations and objective reasons that limit the sharing of data and information. This particularly refers to legal regulations on data protection, confidentiality and copyright protection, and our obligation to ensure the security of the individuals involved in implementing projects. You can find more details in the frequently asked questions (FAQs). More details are available in the frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Question: Where can I see GIZ and BMZ data provided by way of the IATI directory?
Answer: You can view the reported data in the d-portal and you can filter them by donor organisation and other criteria. See also the IATI page, which offers helpful information such as how to use the data.
Question: Why can I not find any projects that were ended before 2013 in the IATI report or the project data?
Answer: BMZ started reporting data to IATI in 2013. The report includes all projects that were actively being implemented on 1 January 2013 and all projects launched after this date.
Question: Why are there no evaluation reports for some of the projects in the IATI report or in the project data?
Answer: Projects are not evaluated until they have been completed. For this reason, evaluations on ongoing projects are not yet available. 40 per cent of completed projects are evaluated. This is line with the quality standards for OECD-DAC’s development evaluation and BMZ’s guidelines – ‘Evaluating development cooperation’ – on transparency and dissemination of evaluation reports.
Question: Why are no details on contracts with consultancies published in the IATI report or the project data?
Answer: In Germany, detailed information on contracts is subject to data protection.
Question: Do any conditions apply to GIZ projects?
Answer: No, no political or fiduciary conditions apply to GIZ projects.
Question: What is a sector in the project data?
Answer: We use the sector classification provided by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). You can find an overview of the Creditor Reporting System (CRS) sector designations here. This system enables the international classification of projects in international cooperation.