United States of America
GIZ can build on more than 60 years of experience in the field of transatlantic cooperation. Currently 5 international employees are working in the country (as of 31.12.2017). The cooperation focuses on exchange and international workforce skills development, nurturing of young talent, and supporting transatlantic dialogue and the establishment of successful networks. The services offered by GIZ range from exchange programmes for young professionals to fact-finding missions for journalists, politicians and experts, VIP programmes, and transatlantic conferences and workshops.
To date, well in excess of 100,000 people, including new entrants to the labour market and young managers and professionals from Germany, the US and Canada, have successfully participated in GIZ’s transatlantic programmes. They all benefit from the practical experience gained in the partner country and have acquired useful networks of contacts and intercultural skills, which they can draw on in key positions in business, politics and the arts.
GIZ assists the German Government and Parliament with the organisation and management of transatlantic programmes such as the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, the German Federal Foreign Office’s Transatlantic Climate Bridge and the Skills Initiative launched by the German Embassy in the US. These programmes do much to sustain interest in the partner country, promote the professional exchange that is so important, and build trust, as well as helping to foster mutual understanding. Under schemes set up by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), GIZ ensures that marginalised young people and social welfare professionals also have the opportunity to participate in international programmes and can contribute to the international social policy dialogue.
Companies and associations appreciate the programmes’ very practical approach, target group-specific focus and sharing of experience. GIZ’s programmes help to ensure that businesses operating in key transatlantic target markets have access to an internationally oriented workforce in future. The programmes give companies and institutions an opportunity, through their human resources marketing, to establish a working relationship with highly qualified young managers with language skills and international experience and to maintain ties with these professionals on a more permanent basis once the exchange visit is over.
GIZ has also worked with American partners on numerous occasions outside the framework of bilateral transatlantic cooperation. For example, it cooperates with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on various projects around the world.