Regional Office South

GIZ’s Regional Office South in Munich/Feldafing works with institutional partners in the German states and implements programmes and projects for a wide range of commissioning parties and funding providers, including federal ministries, international organisations such as the European Union (EU) and state governments. It assists Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria with the implementation of their projects and programmes in the field of international cooperation and develops new models of partnership between state-level institutions, federal government programmes and the donor community’s international initiatives.

This approach, in turn, enables partner countries engaged in international cooperation with Germany to gain access to relevant organisations, experts and institutional stakeholders from politics, public administration, business, academia and civil society across the various German states. Drawing on their technical and administrative expertise, they provide advice and support to the German Government’s bilateral or global programmes and to international initiatives, making a major contribution to their successful implementation.

Topics and areas of activity

The Regional Office South works in the following priority areas:

  • Climate: Here, a priority is to build networks of climate change stakeholders from Germany, Europe and development partner countries, e.g. within the framework of the German Government’s International Climate Initiative (IKI). Among other things, the Regional Office South coordinates the deployment of experts from municipal and regional climate agencies or universities in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg to act as local project advisors. In return, Bavaria hosts visiting experts from partner countries who wish to familiarise themselves with some of the successes achieved within the framework of the Bavarian Climate Programme 2020. Topics range from national climate strategies to sustainable technologies. For example, within the IKI framework, the Regional Office provided support for digitalisation projects in Indonesia and Mexico and assisted Jordan in preparing for implementation of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
  • Rural development: In order to promote an exchange of experience between practitioners and policy-makers from Germany and the Federal Government’s development partner countries, the Regional Office South identifies German and European institutions with rural development expertise and draws on their experience for the benefit of local projects. Topics range from land policy to agricultural training and the establishment of market gardens in refugee camps. The use of information and communication technologies plays a key role in this context.
  • Horizon 2020: Within the scope of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), the Regional Office South implements projects on energy and digitalisation which promote institutional networking and cooperation among stakeholders from (Southern) Germany, EU member states and applicant countries, and partners engaged in development initiatives with Germany.

In addition, the Regional Office works on specific country projects on behalf of the Southern German states, including an energy initiative in Senegal which aims to tackle the causes of migration (State Chancellery of Bavaria) and an income generation and waste management project for refugees in Iraq (State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg).

Commissioning parties and partners

The Regional Office South works for various commissioning parties and funding providers. In addition to receiving grants from the German states, it mainly implements programmes and projects commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), and initiatives co-funded by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020).

At project level, the Regional Office cooperates with the State Chancellery of Bavaria, the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg and various ministries and public authorities in the Southern German states, including the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry for Science, state-level institutions, municipalities, universities and specialised agencies. Key partner institutions include Baden-Württemberg’s Climate Protection and Energy Agency (KEA), the Energy and Environmental Centre (EZA) in the Allgäu, the University of Hohenheim’s Gardening School, the Technical University of Munich, the Bavarian Farmers’ Association’s Training Centre and small and medium-sized enterprises in Southern Germany.