Regional Office North

GIZ’s Regional Office North in Hamburg 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), German industry and state governments. It assists Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein 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 North works in the following priority areas:

  • Migration and strengthening the skills base: The Regional Office implements nationwide projects at various stages of the migration process. This includes attracting skilled workers for the German labour market, such as care assistants from Viet Nam and Moroccan trainees for the hotel and catering industry, and integrating resident migrants into the local workforce. In addition, the Regional Office assists the public authorities and welfare organisations in expanding their advisory services for voluntary returnees in order to facilitate their reintegration in their home countries.
  • Governance and decentralisation: In order to promote an exchange of experience between practitioners and policy-makers from Germany and partner countries in development cooperation, the Regional Office works on aspects of German structural policy and governance, particularly public administration, decentralisation, citizen participation and sustainable economic development.

In addition, the Regional Office North coordinates the German Government and Federal State Pilot Programme, commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in order to harness the specific technical skills of each state for Germany’s international cooperation in fields such as vocational training, energy system transformation and environmental policy.

As a further field of activity, the Regional Office North is involved in coastal and marine conservation programmes and the maritime economy. It also works on country-specific projects, such as the development of the Sustainability Partnerships between Bremen, Durban and Windhoek, on behalf of the Northern German States.

Commissioning parties and partners

The Regional Office North works for various clients and funding providers. In addition to receiving grants from the German states and the European Social Fund (ESF), it implements programmes and projects commissioned by BMZ and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Its other clients include the Moroccan Employment Agency and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

At project level, the Regional Office cooperates with state and senate chancelleries and a wide range of ministries and public authorities in the Northern German States. Its cooperation with industry mainly focuses on companies in the logistics, foreign trade, energy and ports sectors and the chambers of commerce and trades. Key academic partners are the University of Bremen’s Institute Technology and Education and the HafenCity University Hamburg. Civil society partners include the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) in Flensburg and the migration advice centres run by welfare organisations.