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Economic development and employment

Economic growth is a fundamental requirement for the development of a country. For companies to invest and an economy to grow, stable environments, efficient institutions, functioning markets and access to sustainable financial services are all required. GIZ assists its partner countries in improving their economic framework conditions, removing bureaucratic obstacles and establishing suitable promotional structures.

Through dialogue between public and private actors, we develop comparative advantages and initiate multisectoral economic flows. We advise on economic policy and work with our partners to develop solutions for private sector promotion, and local, poverty-oriented financial systems to give everyone an opportunity to share the benefits of economic growth.

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Two hands with tools depicted as schemes and written information on reducing underemployment.

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We realise that economic growth is created by people. This is why we begin with viable vocational training in order to enhance the right competences for dynamic economic development, tailored to needs and with strong practical relevance. Integrating as many population groups as possible into the economy is the only way to ensure that growth has a broad effect and is sustainable.

With its know-how, GIZ makes an active contribution to the full realisation of its partners’ economic potential in a way which is not only profitable but also socially and ecologically acceptable. We create opportunities. For all.


*The results data outlined here relate to the review year 2021.

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  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

    Developing countries need support with vocational training. After all, countries need a well-trained workforce to be competitive.

    Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

  • Employment

    Developing countries need more and better jobs and a qualified workforce. These are essential factors for ensuring that people can make a living from their work.


  • Displacement and migration

    GIZ supports the potential of regulated and safe migration so as to ensure equal benefit for countries of origin, host countries and migrants. It also helps refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities to shape a better future for themselves.

    Displacement and migration

  • Financial inclusion of poor households

    GIZ is committed to ensuring that everyone can use financial services. In many cases, this enables access to important goods such as clean water, education and electricity, and provides opportunities to lift people out of poverty.

    Financial inclusion of poor households

  • Financial market stability and capital market development

    GIZ supports emerging and developing countries in establishing regulated and crisis-resistant financial systems.

    Financial market stability and capital market development

  • Rural, agricultural and SME financing

    People in rural areas often have no access to financial services. GIZ works with all stakeholders to change this.

    Rural, agricultural and SME financing

  • Sustainable financing and investment

    Additional, targeted private and public capital is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Sustainable financing and investment

  • Insurance

    Insurance enables the financial consequences of shocks to be dealt with efficiently, contributes to securing livelihoods, and can help prevent people from sliding into poverty.


  • Private sector development

    Economic development in developing countries is driven by small, private-sector companies. Their role should therefore be strengthened.

    Private sector development

  • Trade

    Trade is a driver of economic development. GIZ promotes a fairer form of global trade that supports the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Economic policy

    German development cooperation focuses on the quality of economic growth. Environmental and social issues are paramount.

    Economic policy

  • Climate change, just transition and renewable energies

    GIZ supports the German Federal Government and its partners in achieving a green and fair recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Climate change, just transition and renewable energies

  • Digitalisation and sustainable economic and social development

    Digitalisation is already having a substantial impact on social and economic prospects worldwide. GIZ offers innovative approaches for exploiting the opportunities offered by digitalisation to promote sustainable development.

    Digitalisation and sustainable economic and social development

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