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Societal development with tangible results

A successful private sector relies on rule-of-law structures and on effective and

stable social welfare systems. For many years now GIZ has been supporting part-

ners in a large number of countries in developing economic and political expertise

and capability for sustainable development. Commissions in hand in the field of

economic development and employment, education and health are currently

worth EUR 2.4 billion*. And these activities are delivering results: between 2012

and 2014, more than 100 million people around the world obtained health insur-

ance cover for the first time – something we take for granted. Around 13 million

people, almost half of them women, benefited in 2012 and 2013 alone in seven

Asian and African countries from outpatient services and health centres.

Ensuring safety at work, fair wages and codetermination rights, as well as a secure

livelihood in general – these are the challenges we and our partners face in the

field of economic development and employment. Thanks to GIZ’s work on behalf

of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

(BMZ), but also on behalf of private industry, 1.5 million people working in Ban-

gladesh’s textile sector have seen their living conditions improve. And through

our involvement in the BMZ special initiative ‘One World – No Hunger’ we are

also working to promote food and nutrition security and agricultural innovation.

What many of these German Government-financed programmes have in common

is that they are increasingly cofinanced by bilateral and multilateral donors,

private companies and foundations. These measures are often scaled up into major

regional programmes.

Efficient and effective inside the company

Inside the company, GIZ has established an ongoing quality management system

designed to enhance performance and ensure that knowledge and resources can be

used efficiently, effectively and appropriately. We are streamlining commercial

processes, involving staff in corporate change processes and using our monitoring

and evaluation system to learn as a company. However, the single most important

factor in ensuring the consistently high quality of our services is our workforce –

the people who work for us around the world. To foster and maintain their vast

individual abilities and readiness to engage on our behalf, we offer extensive health

and human resources management services, as well as a wide range of upgrading

opportunities. Since 2014 we have also been using our Corporate Sustainability

Handprint. All GIZ locations around the globe thus have at their disposal a learn-

ing and management tool that systematically records and discloses what the com-

pany is doing to achieve corporate sustainability, what we can learn from one

another, and what can be further developed and improved. 


What must a society do so that people can live better lives? What do politicians,

public authorities and other institutions need to provide? The basic prerequisites for

better living conditions include a properly functioning economy, enough jobs and a

vibrant private sector. This in turn presupposes an enabling political environment

and a supply of well trained and capable specialists.

*Figures taken from

(as at 13 March 2015)


Effective solutions

GIZ Integrated Company Report 2014