Map Colombia

GIZ has been working in Colombia on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 1965. Since 2008 we have received commissions from the German Federal Foreign Office and since 2012 we have also operated on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

In Colombia a total of 130 experts, largely Colombian, among them six CIM experts, are currently working for GIZ.

Colombia is Latin America’s fourth largest economy. Classified as an emerging economy and an upper middle income country, Colombia has submitted an official request to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and has access to the international capital market.

Nevertheless, not all sections of the population benefit to the same extent from Colombia’s economic progress. Rich in natural resources, the country still faces major domestic and economic challenges. Land ownership rights must be clarified, the human rights situation improved, action taken to end internal displacement and the country’s internal security situation enhanced.

In many parts of the country the lack of security is an obstacle to exploiting natural resources and developing the infrastructure. As a result, the greatest social and economic problems can be seen in these conflict zones. Violent clashes between guerrillas, criminal gangs and government forces are intensifying the root causes of the conflict – poverty and unequal distribution of wealth – and are weakening the state.

Under President Juan Manuel Santos many reform processes have been introduced since August 2010, with a new focus on achieving a sound social balance. A more enabling environment has been put in place which should allow the country to cope better with the social and economic challenges it faces.

Positive developments can be seen and forecasts are favourable. The security situation has improved. The climate for investment is positive, as a result of which foreign direct investment and tourism are on the rise, especially in those areas where the security situation has improved. This in turn is improving the country’s economic statistics: inflation is down, gross domestic product (GDP) up and unemployment is falling.

German international cooperation is building on the existing potential and development strategies, and coordinating activities closely with the Colombian Government. GIZ’s partners include state institutions, government agencies, private-sector organisations and non-governmental organisations. We are supporting their projects and programmes in three priority areas:

  1. Peace building/crisis prevention. Support for measures to promote the rule of law, transitional justice, peace building and the prevention of violence
  2. Environmental policy, protection and sustainable management of natural resources. Promotion of measures to protect and ensure the rational use of natural resources, to prevent natural disasters and to adjust to climate change
  3. Sustainable economic promotion. This priority area was agreed at the 2012 government negotiations and is currently being established.

Through GIZ the Swedish Government is financing the peace-building efforts of Colombia’s private sector. GIZ is involved in development partnerships with the private sector with the hotel chain GHL and the Bavaria brewery in Colombia.

To enable it to better harness business potential in Latin America, GIZ International Services, which serves international clients, has an office in Bogotá, Colombia.

Projects and Programmes


Economic Development and Employment


Office contact

GIZ Office Colombia
Country Director
Barbara Haeming

Office address
GIZ Office Colombia
GIZ Office Bogotá, Cra. 13 No. 97-51, Oficina 302
Phone: +57 1 63611 14
Fax: +57 1 63515 52

Postal Address
GIZ-Büro Bogotá Cra. 13 No. 97-51 Oficina 302