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We provide services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable

development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, ranging

from economic development and employment, energy and the environment, through to

peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around

the globe – from the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations

and governments of other countries. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Coopera-

tion and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party, but we also work closely

with the private sector, fostering the successful interaction between development policy

and foreign trade.

All these commissioning parties trust GIZ to generate ideas for political, social and

economic change on their behalf, to develop these into concrete plans and implement the

envisaged change processes. Since we are a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and

European values are central to our work. This makes us a reliable service provider that

people can trust. Together with our partners, we work flexibly to deliver effective solutions

that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2014 our business volume

exceeded two billion euros. Around 70 per cent of our local workforce of 16,410 people

are national personnel working in over 130 countries. In our capacity as a recognised

sending organisation, we currently have 785 development workers in action in partner

countries. In addition, CIM, a joint operation of GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency,

placed around 1,000 integrated and returning experts with local employers abroad in

2014 while providing them with financial support and advisory services. 


Personnel and business figures as at 31.12.2014

Japan |

Fred Martin

tests large solar power plants for

TÜV Rheinland in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

A six-month internship financed by the Heinz Nixdorf

Programme was the 36-year-old’s passport to the other

side of the world. Every year, the scholarship allows

between 40 and 50 junior managers from Germany to

spend time in Asia and gain an insight into local working

life. GIZ organises and runs the programme.

‘Faces and stories’ introduces people whose lives have been improved through GIZ’s work.

They are strong individuals who have taken charge of their own future.

Philippines and Germany |

Vanessa Preclaro

is a Filipino

nurse. In her own country, supply outstrips demand for

nursing staff. On behalf of the German Government,

GIZ and the German Federal Employment Agency helped

her find a permanent job at Frankfurt’s Nordwest Hospital.

Her family in the Philippines now also benefits from her

regular income.

Kenya |

Like many of her compatriots in Kenya,



relies on expensive firewood for cooking. With GIZ

support she now favours a new low-smoke, fuel-efficient

stove that is better for her health. Financed by the German

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

(BMZ), and with cofinancing from the Netherlands, Australia,

the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland, about 1.4 mil-

lion new stoves have already been installed in Kenya,

improving the lives of seven million people.

My calling is to help

other people.

I am needed

in Germany.




Less firewood, better air,

more income – all thanks

to the new stoves!




I see myself

as a bridge-builder

between the nations.




GIZ Integrated Company Report 2014



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