News and events


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Are you interested in taking part in GIZ’s events in Brussels or in keeping up to date with our activities related to the European Union? You will find our latest news, events and information here, and can also subscribe to our newsletter, GIZ compass. We look forward to meeting you at one of our next events!

Further reading: Equal opportunities and women´s power!

'Equal rights, equal duties, equal opportunities and equal power for women and men' is therefore one of the basic principles driving German development policy. Find out more about our work and initiatives abroad and within the company.

05. - 06.06.2018

European Development Days 2018

Protect, Empower, Invest – this year‘s European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels focused on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. As in previous years, GIZ participated in discussion panels and had stands in the Global Village.


Africa Summit: The future of Africa-Europe relations

The Friends of Europe Africa Summit on 4 June addressed a wide range of topics regarding the future of Africa-Europe relations. Christoph Beier, Vice Chair of GIZ´s Management Board, joined the session on growth, jobs and economic cooperation.


Practitioners stronger together

After a year of intense work and exchange, GIZ handed over the Presidency of the Practitioners' Network to Expertise France and looked back at the achievements of the Network.


Further reading: A plea for regulatory policy 4.0

Our colleagues Dirk Aßmann, Sonja Kurz and Max Büge outline in Friends of Europe´s latest report on "International Development and the Digital Age" the Need for a regulatory policy 4.0.


Social Protection in Contexts of Fragility and Forced Displacement

The ‘International Conference on Social Protection in Contexts of Fragility and Forced Displacement’ held end of September in Brussels shed new light on the prospects of using social protection systems in contexts of fragility and forced displacement.


Practitioners’ Network: GIZ appointed President

GIZ took over the Presidency of the Practitioners’ Network for European Development Cooperation from British Council. It is an open platform for exchange, coordination and harmonization between European development cooperation organisations.


How to fall in love with Europe again?

High-level representatives from the world of politics, industry and civil society discussed “The State of Europe” at Friends of Europe’s October conference. Among them was Cornelia Richter, Member of the GIZ Management Board.


Not yet the ‘end of history’

Is the democratic West still a role model for developing and emerging countries? This was the question posed by GIZ and Friends of Europe, and discussed by about 180 invited guests on 8 September.


C4C: Leadership for Systemic Change

On September 8th, World Bank and GIZ presented two innovative approaches for effective leadership development in international cooperation in Brussels.


GIZ at the European Development Days

The European Commission’s European Development Days (EDD) turned ten this year and GIZ joined the anniversary in Brussels together with around 5,000 participants from 140 countries.

Event series

Our event series in Brussels include „Capacity4Change (C4C)“ and „From Field to Parliament“. C4C serves as an open platform for exchanging knowledge, concepts, ideas and experiences in the area of international cooperation. „From Field to Parliament“ invites policy makers, especially accredited parliamentary assistants and EP staff, to exchange with practitioners. The event takes place at the European Parliament.
Watch our "Capacity4Change" events on YouTube. The 1st "From Field to Parliament" on YouTube


Our newsletter „GIZ compass“ provides information about GIZ´s work with a focus on EU-funded projects in Europe and around the world. Each edition takes up a specific current topic. The newsletter is published three to four times a year in English and German.
Subscribe to „GIZ compass“ Issue 04/2016: Displacement and Migration (pdf, 0.13 MB) Issue 03/2016: Urban living (pdf, 0.34 MB) Issue 02/2016: Sustainable business development (pdf, 0.39 MB) Issue 01/2016: Developing digital solutions (pdf, 0.44 MB) Issue 03/2015: Climate Change (pdf, 0.42 MB) Issue 02/2015: Education and Employment (pdf, 0.67 MB) Issue 01/2015: Moving closer to the EU (pdf, 0.35 MB)