- ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
- GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY
GIZ local staff
National employees: 127
International employees: 25
Integrated experts: 1
(as at: 31.12.2020)
Algeria and Germany share a partnership in development that has lasted decades. Indeed, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH first started operations in Algeria in the mid-1970s.
The largest country in Africa in terms of area, Algeria is also the most populous of the Maghreb states. Annual GDP growth currently averages 1.4 per cent. However, Algeria’s economy is heavily dependent on the production and export of crude oil and natural gas. Their prices fluctuate on the global market. This dependency therefore constitutes a risk that has prompted Algeria to embrace a more diversified economy.
Demographics is another factor driving Algeria’s economic policy: almost half of the country’s 40 million citizens are under the age of 25. One of the biggest challenges therefore consists in generating a sufficient number of jobs for its young, fast-growing population.
At the same time, population dynamics and economic growth, buttressed further by climate change, are resulting in mounting pressure on the country’s natural resources. These challenges are particularly apparent in the country's northern region where some 68 per cent of the population live on just one fifth of the country's territory. As a major player in the region, Algeria assumes a key role in environmental protection.
For the most part, GIZ operates in Algeria on behalf of Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), although it also carries out commissions for other clients, such as the European Union and private-sector companies.
Its priority area of activity is:
- Environmental protection
By helping build capacity for planning and coordination, GIZ is assisting its partners in rolling out an integrated environmental policy. Furthermore, GIZ is stepping up support for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. GIZ's projects in Algeria cover areas such as the sustainable management of natural resources, biodiversity conservation, climate policy, solid waste management and the promotion of climate-friendly technologies and innovations. Algeria is thus currently on the road to a 'green economy' that will create jobs and reduce poverty.