Flag Iraq
  • Sustainable infrastructure: water, energy, transport
  • Government and democracy
  • Social development
  • Economic development and employment
  • Security, reconstruction and peace


GIZ local staff

National employees: 287
International employees: 87 
Development workers: 4

(as at: 31.12.2020)  

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has operated in Iraq since 2014. 

With the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011 and the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation gaining in strength, the number of internally displaced people in Iraq and Syrian refugees increased dramatically. Although the figures have since fallen, around 1.7 million Iraqis are still displaced in their own country and some 250,000 Syrian refugees are living in camps and host communities in the north of the country. In total, more than six million people in Iraq were in need of humanitarian assistance at the end of 2018, as a large proportion of the public transport infrastructure and the water and electricity supply had been destroyed by the armed conflict. A lack of opportunities to earn an income and an unstable security situation in many regions of the country are making it difficult for internally displaced people to return and are also hindering the improvement of living conditions for the Iraqi population as a whole.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Government, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the European Union (EU), is working on the following priority areas in Iraq:

  • Security, reconstruction, peace
  • Social development
  • Economic development and employment
  • Governance and democracy

GIZ has been helping communities in northern Iraq to look after refugees and internally displaced people since 2014. The aim is to improve their living conditions as well as those of the communities who take them in. This is done, for example, by building hospitals and schools, repairing water pipes and sewage treatment plants, providing psychosocial support and implementing short-term employment measures to help people earn their own income. In addition, further education and professional qualification opportunities, financial subsidies and training for company start-ups, along with the arrangement of internships and jobs, ensure that people on the ground have better opportunities on the job market. People therefore receive access to improved basic services and, at the same time, are receiving support with developing long-term prospects in order to become self-sufficient.

GIZ’s field of activity in Iraq has significantly expanded and now covers a larger geographical area. In the past two years, the priority has shifted from supporting stabilisation and providing transitional aid to longer term reconstruction and economic development.

Since 2017, GIZ has been supporting the reconstruction of liberated areas in central Iraq through infrastructure, the improvement of livelihoods by, for example, creating opportunities to earn an income and the promotion of social cohesion. Furthermore, GIZ is facilitating the country’s decentralisation process, the development of the private sector, professional education and the creation of jobs.

GIZ is assisting the Iraqi Government in planning and implementing the relevant measures and supporting them in better coordinating the various donors in the country.

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