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Who we are

Who we are 2017-09-04T14:38:06+00:00

Established in the mid-80s, the Sector Network Natural Resources and Rural Development Asia (SNRD Asia) is part of GIZ’s knowledge management initiatives in Asia working to raise the positioning of the technical capacities and expertise of German Development Cooperation in the region. Through sharing of expertise and networking, the Sector Network currently links 58 projects and programmes in 20 countries across Asia and the Pacific. These include AzerbaijanBangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, MalaysiaMongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pacific Island Countries, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines,  Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. It operates following the mandate set out by the German government and is categorised thematically under different Working Groups. 

In order to promote greater collaboration between and across relevant sectors, SNRD Asia has set up joint work clusters with other networks in the region, namely Sector Network Transport, Environment, Energy and Water in Asia (TUEWAS) and Sector Network Governance Asia (SNGA).

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On the whole, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) are our main commissioning parties, but we also work in close collaboration with different government agencies and the private sector to foster cross-sectoral information exchange and widen our cooperation. Amidst the unprecedented challenges, we remain committed to exert our best efforts to contribute to the harmonious and sustainable development of the world.

Our Structure

The Sector Network Natural Resources and Rural Development Asia (SNRD Asia) is financed through projects and programmes which GIZ is conducting on behalf of the German Government. It is governed by a Steering Group (consists of a Spokesperson, a Deputy Spokesperson, 3 Representatives from Germany, a Representative from National Staff and 6 Speakers from each Working Group). For each member country, one Country Focal Point is nominated and represents the interface between the Sector Network and his/her assigned country.

The Secretariat is based in Bangkok, Thailand, with local and international staff stationed across the region.

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About GIZ

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is owned by the German government and with operations around the globe. GIZ provides services in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ also works on behalf of other public and private sector clients both in Germany and overseas. These include the governments of other countries, the European Union, the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank, and other development organizations. GIZ operates in more than 130 countries and employs approximately 17, 000 staff worldwide.

To learn more about the role and work of GIZ, visit the official website here.

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