...lay out the way...

...GIZ delivers its services.

GIZ supports processes of social and societal change, but these are not purely technical processes. They are at once political, economic and technical processes designed to trigger sustainable improvements in a specific society, as a result of which they must be appropriate for the given social and societal context. This being the case, the way we implement our activities is a key competence. We use the term ‘methods’ to designate ‘HOW’ we do what we do. For GIZ, methods are a fundamental technical skill that underpins all other sectoral expertise (say in the water, education or health sectors).

...are systematic procedures...

...adopted in order to achieve objectives.

A method lays out a certain logical procedure, steps to follow in order to achieve a predetermined objective. It defines a suitable context within which the method can be used, lays out possible alternative methodical approaches from which it differs, and points to the conditions needed for success.

...call for experienced advisors ...

...to ensure they bring benefits.

GIZ methods are complex to apply, because they do not offer blueprints or standard solutions. They cannot be transferred one-to-one from one context to another. Only advisors and project managers who are familiar with different cultural, political and subject-specific contexts in advisory services delivery and project management will be able to use the methods successfully and effectively. This is why methodological capacities are an integral part of the GIZ’s human resources strategy. They are important for us in cooperation with our external partners. 

...set standards...

...and provide scope for flexibility.

Methods translate years of experience in international cooperation into explicit terms, support our organisational learning processes and are thus a factor in ensuring we operate professionally. They identify scope for action as well as quality standards important to the company.

…follow those criteria…

  • Transferrable: they function irrespective of the location or the technical context
  • Values-based: they accord a high profile to values-based principles including participation, alignment, advisory services among equals, neutrality, ethical conduct, etc.
  • Relevant and effective: they are a major element in projects, and without them objectives and results cannot be achieved.


Digital transformation ...

... changes and enhances GIZ's methods portfolio:

  • with know-how from information and communications technologies (ICT)
  • with methodical approaches from the digital world – such as participatory project development and "co-creation"
  • with innovative formats like MOOC (massive open online course) and "hackathon".