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German Chancellor visits Brazil

On 16 June Chancellor Angela Merkel visited a youth

project in the Brazilian city of Salvador da Bahia. On behalf

of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation

and Development (BMZ), GIZ is implementing the project

together with the German Football Association (DFB) and

Brazilian partners. The project uses young people’s enthusi-

asm for football to help them develop their social skills.

Specially trained coaches teach children to resolve conflicts

verbally and how to protect themselves from AIDS.

Eschborn Dialogue 2014

The Eschborn Dialogue took place on 17 and 18 June under

the title ‘World in motion: mobility, migration, digital change’.

About 450 international experts from the realms of politics,

business and civil society engaged in discussion in nine

themed forums. The speakers included Germany’s Federal

Development Minister Gerd Müller (shown here), Bundestag

Vice President Claudia Roth and Jörg Asmussen, State Sec-

retary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

Gauck visits coconut fibre project

During a visit to India, German Federal President Joachim

Gauck took time to find out more about a project commis-

sioned by BMZ to promote the sustainable use of coconut

fibre, a by-product of coconut oil production. In future it is

to be used in furniture production, in insulation panels and

as fertiliser. This is a lucrative business opportunity for

private investors.

Highlights of 2014


Steinmeier in Indonesia

At the beginning of November, Federal Foreign Affairs

Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited a sustainable port

development project in Indonesia. Under the BMZ-financed

programme, GIZ is supporting a total of eleven ports across

South-East Asia, providing training in a number of areas

including occupational safety and ways of reducing air and

water pollution. In the long term this will ensure safer

working conditions and minimise the negative environmen-

tal impacts of port operations.

Action Days for Sustainability 2014

In 2014, under the title ‘Show your Handprint!’ GIZ once

again took part in the Action Days for Sustainability

organised by the German Council for Sustainable Develop-

ment. GIZ’s workforce presented a wide range of ideas on

the theme of sustainability. In Viet Nam, for instance, staff

are aiming to reduce emissions by promoting the use of

public transport, car sharing schemes and bicycles.

*More information is available online and marked by  .

A full list of links is printed on page 61.

Message from the

Chairman of the Supervisory Board .

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Foreword by the Management Board . .


GIZ. Solutions that work. . . . . . . .


Responsible development . . . .


Environment, resources,


Effective solutions . . . . . .


Education, economy, finance,


Working together in

partnership . . . . . . . . . .


Good governance,

international networking

Our personnel . . . . . . . . . . .


2014 in figures . . . . . . . . . . .


Organisation chart . . . . . . . . .


GIZ’s official bodies . . . . . . . .


Publication details and

photo credits . . . . . . . . . . .


Links*/GIZ around the globe . . . . .





Protecting the global climate

Mitigating climate change ranks high on the international

agenda. This was exemplified by the UN Climate Change

Conference in Peru in December 2014. The German delega-

tion was headed by Federal Environment Minister Barbara

Hendricks (at centre) and Federal Development Minister

Gerd Müller. GIZ works for both the Federal Ministry for

the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear

Safety (BMUB) and BMZ on various aspects of climate

change mitigation, ranging from making more efficient use

of natural resources to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

GIZ Integrated Company Report 2014



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