Governance and democracy

A peaceful and productive society is based on effective state institutions. Good governance in this sense means effective and efficient structures which provide optimal support to citizens in leading a safe and productive life in line with their desires and opportunities. Essentially, this involves a combination of democracy, the social welfare state and the rule of law.

Promotion of good governance goes beyond the government sector and includes all relevant actors from the private sector and society. The aims: To balance interests and focus on common goals, particularly reducing poverty and providing access to state services for all. To make administrative structures participative, efficient and solution oriented.

GIZ assists its partners in establishing democratic systems and networks across all social groups, as a way of identifying relevant solutions to political, economic and social challenges. We advise at every political level – national, regional and local – and contribute our experience to the institutional reform processes. Respect for human rights and gender equality are central elements in this.

GIZ is active in the field of administration, law and justice, offers effective strategies in the struggle against corruption, and promotes responsible use of public finances. In fragile states, it supports the establishment of the security sector. We do this by providing customised services from a single source. We expand the capability of existing institutions, so that they can manage processes themselves – effectively and efficiently. The benefits are obvious: the future is manageable. We advise you, so you can take control yourself.