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Message from the Chairman

of the Supervisory Board

Through the special initiative ‘Stability and development in the MENA region’, we are help-

ing stabilise the situation and making our contribution toward building peace in the Middle

East and North Africa, where the upheavals that followed the Arab Spring have led to politi-

cal instability and violent conflicts. We have so far provided EUR 205 million, primarily to

promote job creation measures and thus integrate young people in particular into the labour

market. Our projects are also strengthening state structures and civil society so that the

region can achieve a new level of stability.

In 2015 we now have the chance to put the world on track for comprehensive sustainable

development, with new sustainable development goals and a new climate agreement.

The post-2015 development agenda is to be adopted by the heads of state and government

at a special UN summit in September 2015. The new goals will be universally valid, i.e. they

will apply for all countries. A new global partnership will be needed in order to master this

major challenge. At the end of 2014, Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller presented

Chancellor Angela Merkel with the Charter for the Future ‘One World – Our Responsibility’.

This document paves the way for the realisation of these goals across Germany and lays out

recommendations for specific action – at political and economic level, but also in the every-

day lives of individuals.

2015, the year of Germany’s G7 Presidency, will also be a crucially important year for

climate action. At the end of the year, a binding new climate agreement is to be adopted at

the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. This is a matter of the utmost importance for

us. BMZ is to put up an expected EUR 1.6 billion to finance climate protection activities.

Last year the German Government pledged EUR 750 million for the Green Climate Fund.

The decision to set up the Fund was taken at the UN Climate Change Conference in

Mexico in 2010. Its task is to finance climate change mitigation and adaptation measures

in developing countries and emerging economies as of this year.

Germany has steadily increased its contribution to international cooperation in recent years.

BMZ’s 2015 budget is about EUR 6.5 billion – an all-time high. This is an excellent financial

basis on which to work, but we can only achieve lasting positive results if we also have the

necessary expertise and experience as well as huge personal commitment and dedication.

These are areas in which GIZ enjoys an excellent reputation at international level, a fact of

which I as Chairman of the Supervisory Board am particularly proud. GIZ is synonymous

with German development cooperation at its best. I would like to express my thanks to the

Management Board and all GIZ employees, many of whom work under extremely difficult

conditions. I would like them to know how much I appreciate their work. They have allowed

us to achieve some of our goals already, and to come closer to achieving many more.

Dr Friedrich Kitschelt

Chairman of the GIZ Supervisory Board

State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

People are always at the heart of international cooperation. Our mandate is to improve their

living conditions. This is why we set ourselves ambitious targets. We are absolutely convinced

that we can banish hunger, that we can achieve stability and development in North Africa

and the Middle East, that a more peaceful world is possible, and that we can therefore tackle

the factors that cause people to flee their homes.

This is why we, at BMZ, launched three special initiatives in these areas in 2014. They

demonstrate what we mean when we talk about ‘accepting responsibility’. Through the

special initiative ‘One World – No Hunger’ we are investing EUR 625 million to achieve

food and nutrition security for this generation and the generations to come. With the

support of GIZ, we are promoting urgently needed innovations in the agricultural and food

sectors, as well as pushing ahead with environmentally and socially sound structural trans-

formation in rural areas. We believe that the way forward is to develop effective small family

farms, to promote women specifically, and to ensure that adequate and affordable food is

available to even the weakest members of society, especially young children and pregnant


We have made available a sum of EUR 330 million for the special initiative ‘Fighting the

causes of refugee movements, reintegrating refugees’ in fiscal 2014 and 2015. Our primary

concern is to fight the root causes of refugee movements, to stabilise the situation in the host

regions, and to integrate and reintegrate refugees and internally displaced persons. We aim

to help refugees create new prospects for themselves by taking charge of their own lives.

At the same time, we aim to support host regions by putting in place and maintaining the

necessary infrastructure.

Dr Friedrich Kitschelt

GIZ Integrated Company Report 2014



Message from the Chairman of the Supervisory Board