The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Ukraine since 1993. It supports the Ukrainian Government with matters including reform processes in public administration. Other priority areas include sustainable economic development, energy efficiency and climate change mitigation.
As a result of the war in Ukraine, GIZ is currently realigning 15 existing projects in Ukraine together with its commissioning parties. In total, the rapid support for Ukraine provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union amounts to 70.2 million Euros.
For example, GIZ has set up a digital airlift to promote innovation and share knowledge. This airlift enables developers and engineers from Ukraine to quickly receive advice via a virtual network in the event of structural damage, making it possible to swiftly repair buildings and infrastructure. Minibuses and trucks fitted with IT equipment, satellite-based internet connections, 3D printers, wood- and metal-working machines and photovoltaic systems serve as mobile workshops in Ukraine. The first converted vehicle helped the local population to renovate a former hotel, which now provides accommodation for 80 internally displaced persons.
GIZ’s network, built up over the years, ensures that assistance reliably reaches the places it is needed even now. Around 330 municipalities have received power generators, for example, so they can operate soup kitchens and hospitals. GIZ has also supplied the communities with urgently needed materials, including water tanks, tents, sleeping bags and camp beds, as well as mobile light towers, mini diggers and cutting machines, which municipalities can use to clear roads to secure the supply of provisions. Approximately 54,000 items in total have been delivered by 155 trucks. But there is even more support: for example, GIZ is advising the communities on how to correctly apply martial law. Around 1,200 municipalities are already making use of this advice service at over 3,250 events.
GIZ is helping Ukraine to secure the energy supply for its citizens. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), GIZ is coordinating donations from German companies in the energy sector. For this purpose, it is matching the requirements of Ukrainian energy suppliers with the available materials and organising transport from Germany to Ukraine. Energy equipment needed urgently includes transformers, emergency power generators and materials for repairing power lines. The first few deliveries reached Ukraine at the end of June and more are currently being prepared. BMWK has also made up to 3.5 million Euros available for the purchase of new energy supply equipment; GIZ is organising the procurement of the goods.
The safety of its employees is the top priority for GIZ. That is why the company is supporting staff and their relatives in Ukraine at various levels. It is supplying national colleagues with continuously updated information and specific options and is also providing psychological counselling services. All German and international staff have left Ukraine on the instruction of the German Government. With its Security Risk Management Team, GIZ is closely observing and assessing the situation, and is permanently in contact with the German Government and local national colleagues.