Displacement and migration, energy, environmental protection: these are just some of the areas in which the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH works on behalf of the German Government and other clients to promote global sustainable development. For GIZ, effectiveness and efficiency are key priorities in its projects and programmes to improve living conditions worldwide.
Growing numbers of migrants and refugees also need support. Around 65 million of the world’s people are displaced, either in their own or another country. GIZ is helping to overcome the ensuing challenges. Between 2010 and 2015, GIZ improved the life chances of almost four and a half million refugees and displaced persons worldwide – and provided support to 3.8 million people in host communities.
These are just some of the figures produced in a company-wide data-gathering exercise across projects and countries worldwide, whose purpose was to shed light on the results achieved by GIZ in a range of sectors. The aggregated results enhance GIZ’s comprehensive quality management system, which complies with German and international standards. GIZ conducts regular reviews of its entire workflow and outcomes, focusing on every step from planning to evaluation. Statistics on the results achieved and brief project assessment reports are published on GIZ’s website, along with its biennial evaluation report. By publishing this information – including current project data, also available online – GIZ supports the global commitment to transparency and the sharing of knowledge and experience in the context of international cooperation.
Energy is a good example. Many people around the world still have no access to modern energy services. This is a barrier to countries’ economic development, so GIZ is working to remedy this deficit by providing an energy supply, especially for lower-income groups, thus improving their living conditions. As a result, more than three million people gained access to lighting and power between 2010 and 2015. Expansion of renewable energies, mainly wind, hydro and solar power, is a key priority here.
GIZ’s work not only undergoes regular internal monitoring and evaluation. It is also carefully scrutinised by international organisations, notably the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) established by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The DAC’s latest evaluation report includes a very positive appraisal of GIZ’s activities and, among other things, applauds Germany’s commitment to tackling climate change. GIZ makes an active contribution here with its projects to reduce traffic-related air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions in small and medium-sized cities, for example. The OECD-DAC has established quality standards for development cooperation and produces criteria and guidelines for project and programme evaluations. They are routinely used by GIZ in its own evaluations.
Forest conservation is another area where GIZ is achieving good results. Forests provide essential resources and livelihoods for around 1.6 billion people worldwide. They also help to mitigate climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions and host more than two-thirds of the world’s biodiversity. GIZ is assisting its partners to improve their policy frameworks for sustainable forest management. Between 2010 and 2015, more than 300 million hectares of forest worldwide were protected, and 200 million hectares were placed under nature conservation regimes. These measures reduce poverty, promote food and livelihood security and make a major contribution to climate protection and the conservation of biodiversity.
Last update: March 2017