Symposium on Economic and Social Development, Employment

Quality control for textiles, female employees in the textile industry in Bagladesh © GIZ / Anne Kathrin Mohr

5 - 9 September 2016 Dorint Parkhotel - Bad Neuenahr

The overarching topic of this year’s GIZ Symposium, on ‘Economic and Social Development, Employment’ was the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. During the week-long Symposium, the sectoral communities from the fields of health, social protection, education, TVET, financial systems development, employment, private sector development and economic policy were discussing the implications for our work of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We also planed to familiarise ourselves with new and innovative approaches and share experiences of implementing the SDGs in a variety of regional contexts.

The Symposium was an established platform for knowledge-sharing and institutional learning. It offered you an opportunity to enter into an inspiring dialogue with national personnel and seconded staff working in technical cooperation projects, representatives of partner institutions, and cooperation partners from the worlds of politics, business, civil society and academia.

This year’s Symposium was held in Bad Neuenahr between 5 and 9 September. It was organised by the ‘Economic and Social Development, Employment’ Division of the Sectoral Department and the ‘Economic and Social Development’ Division of the Sector and Global Programmes Department (GloBe). On Wednesday 7 September, joint discussions focussed on the challenges and perspectives with regard to the Global Goal for Sustainable Development 10, ‘Reduced inequalities’. We welcomed development practitioners, partners from developing countries and emerging economies, policy makers, academics, civil society representatives, donors and international cooperation agencies to address the challenges of inequality in partner countries.

We expected to offer you an exciting interdisciplinary mix of academic discourse, lessons learned from the field and from policy makers, and strategic insights into how inequalities are being addressed in Germany, Europe and our partner countries.


GIZ position paper about the topic of inequality


Steffen Hilger
Phone: +49 228 4460-3304