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!
Save the date: 18./19.06.2019
Save the date: European Development Days 2019
This year´s European Development Days will take place in Brussels on 18./19. June 2019. Have a look at GIZ´s events and stands and meet us there!
Save the date: 11.06.2019
Workshop: Sustainability in the Age of Platforms
CEPS, Zhejiang University and GIZ are organising a high-level workshop on the challenges and the opportunities posed by digital platforms when it comes to sustainability.
Save the date: 17.05.2019
C4C: Public Administration Reform in the Neighbourhood East
This C4C will present the advantages of regional cooperation for successful reforms by focussing on Public Administration Reforms in the Eastern European Neighbourhood.
Save the date: 15.05.2019
C4C: Internal Displacement in a Conflict Zone: Lessons Learned from Ukraine
The next Capacity4Change (C4C) event will shed light on internal displacement in the Ukrainian conflict zone.
Save the date: 15.05.2019
Opportunities of Blockchain for Agriculture - Brussels Development Briefing
The upcoming Brussels Briefing will provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges in adopting the blockchain technology in agriculture and the agri-food industry.
Sustainable agricultural supply chains and actions against deforestation and forest degradation
The Capacity4Change (C4C) event focused on joint actions against deforestation and forest degradation towards sustainable and deforestation free agricultural supply chains. The exchange was jointly organised with Conservation International (CI).
Friends of Europe: Closing the SDG financing gap - The changing role of development cooperation
How can the international community approach the quest for financing the SDGs? This question and different approaches were in the centre of a discussion, organised by the think tank Friends of Europe beginning of February.
Further reading: Cooperating with the private sector is key to a sustainable future
Today, the Friends of Europe published a publication on "Agenda 2030 & Public Private Partnership". Three of our colleagues contributed with an article named "Cooperating with the private sector is key to a sustainable future".
From drugs to legal opportunities - An interactive journey to examples of Alternative Development
GIZ´s End of the Year Event took the around 100 guests on a journey to countries such as Bolivia and Peru and back to Brussels bringing along insights into Alternative Development and food for thoughts. Performances and a photo exhibition guided the way.
Public-Private Partnerships for Employment in the MENA region
The latest Capacity4Change (C4C) event focused on partnerships with the private sector to promote employment - especially for women - in the MENA region. GIZ and the event partners provided insights and examples of their initiatives.
Energy for Strengthening Resilience at Community Level
How to empower women in the off-grid energy business? This question was raised and discussed in the latest Capacity4Change (C4C) event.
ProPaz at the EuroLat-Parliamentary Assembly in Vienna
Ath this year´s EuroLat assembly, the programme ProPaz gave insights into the peace process in Colombia and visualized how technical cooperation can contribute.
Digital Innovation Made in Africa - Exhibition and Summer Reception
End of June, GIZ hosted the exihibiton ‘Digital Innovation Made in Africa’ and its annual summer reception.
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.
Launch of the VET Toolbox in Brussels: Perspectives through vocational education and training
From Field to Parliament (F2P): Strengthening Social Protection Systems to leave no one behind!
The State of Peace and Security in Africa: Successes and challenges in tackling violent conflicts
The last "Capacity4Change (C4C)" event covered "The State of Peace and Security in Africa" and outlined successes and challenges in tackling violent conflicts being often the root causes for forced migration.
InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference: The urban mobility challenge
MobiliseYourCIty, an urban transport sector programme, jointly implemented by GIZ and the Agence française de développement (AFD) was presented at the InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference.
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.
Exploring holy and unholy alliances – Why religion matters in promoting sustainable development
During our end-of-the-year-event the guests discussed how the positive potential of religion can be harnessed for promoting sustainable development without turning a blind eye on challenges and pitfalls.
Improving European Coordination in Fragile States - Study presentation at the infopoint
The Practitioners’ Network presented its study ‘Improving European Coordination in Fragile States’ at the External Cooperation Infopoint.
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.
From field to Parliament: From land grabbing to responsible land management
The latest 'From Field to Parliament' Event in Brussels focused on sustainable land management and the ensurance of sustainable private investments in land.
C4C: Zooming in on private investments in Africa
The focus of the latest Capacity4Change (C4C) event was on private investments in Africa and their potential to create a dynamic local business environment and decent jobs.
Further reading: Lessons learned from Nepal’s peace process
In an article, Klaus Schreiner and Claudia Schraewer from GIZ provide an insight into Nepal’s multi-level peace process’ in the early 2000s.
Meeting point: GIZ at the European Development Days 2017
GIZ was once more taking part in the European Development Days 2017 in Brussels – with an own stand in the EDD village and a whole series of events
Further reading: Building a bridge between powerlessness and hope by Tanja Gönner
Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board of GIZ, contributed to the spring issue of Europe’s World and wrote about bringing prospects for people in and around Syria. Read the full article online.
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.
Visions of Bioenergy – Bringing local initiatives to Brussels
The conference will give interested participants the opportunity to discover a range of concrete, local projects that have transformational and far-reaching regional benefits.
C4C: The Rights-Based Approach: What does it take in practice?
This Capacity4Change (C4C) event highlighted the rights-based approach in development cooperation, its added value and implementation in practice, focussing on examples from the Philippines and Uganda.
Brussels Development Briefing: Strengthening Rural Livelihoods in the Face of Rapid Urbanisation in Africa
GIZ shared its expertise during the 48th Brussels Development Briefing on ‘Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa’ on 20th March 2017.
Vocational qualifications in Italy: ERASMUS PLUS FITT Project Final Conference
Shape your future: The FITT project, focusing on vocational qualification in Italy, shared its main activities and results at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.
From Field to Parliament: Tailored agricultural vocational training solutions for women in Africa
On the occasion of International Women´s Day, GIZ put the spotlight on the empowerment and training of women in agriculture, the largest area of employment of women, and invited policy makers to a lively discussion.
C4C: Urban Mobility in Emerging Economies – Challenges and Approaches
IRU, MobiliseYourCity (MYC) and GIZ Representation Brussels organised a debate to gain new insights, share experiences and discuss the potential and contribution of intelligent urban transport systems to long-lasting change.
Enlightening the Migration Debate - the Importance of Sustainable Energy Access
The EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) – a multi-stakeholder platform hosted by GIZ – organised a discussion forum which explored interlinkages between sustainable energy access and migration.
Women at the core for diverse diets and nutrition
GIZ and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) joined a European Commission´s DG DEVCO Lunchtime Conference.
From the ruins of Damascus to Europe: An evening on displacement, hope and support
Aeham Ahmad rose to international fame as ‘pianist in the ruins’ with his public performances in war-torn Syria. In Brussels, he shared his music and his story, combined with conversation on migration and displacement.
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.
Presentation and discussion of the Delphi Energy Future 2040 study
GIZ, BDEW and PwC discussed the Delphi Energy Future 2040 study at the European Parliament.
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.