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Funds offer great flexibility in the planning of individual measures. Implementation partners can develop their own ideas and solutions.  

In technical cooperation, individual measures are often pooled within the framework of funds. This enables projects to be adapted flexibly to needs, and cooperation arrangements to be strengthened.  

Several individual technical cooperation measures often contribute to the achievement of a single development objective. Funds ensure that experts, materials and equipment, and financing are made available flexibly and in line with needs in order to deliver the best possible results.

The individual measures need not be planned down to the last detail from the outset. Instead, fund partners develop their own proposals and ideas. A committee then decides which measures to implement based on transparent criteria.

Funds are particularly effective because they can be used on a demand-oriented and flexible basis. They also strengthen the ownership of participating partners, who not only implement projects, but also develop ideas and solutions themselves.

GIZ administers funds within the context of the projects it implements on behalf of its commissioning parties. It also advises partner institutions on establishing and implementing funds. In the case of ʻinternal’ funds, GIZ carries out all individual measures. In such cases, commissioning parties have the option of reserving funding for specific topics and deciding how precisely to use this at a later date.

Many GIZ projects are currently part of funds. The topics range from democracy promotion and economic development, health and climate, to peacebuilding and security in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and South-East Europe.

Funds are used at both the national and regional levels. In the regions, they promote cooperation and networking. One example of this is the Fund for Triangular Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean, in which one partner from the region always plays the role of the ʻSouth provider’.

GIZ also advises its partners on major global funds such as the Green Climate Fund and the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It helps its partners to obtain financing from the fund and put it to good use.

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