German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is GIZ’s main commissioning party which has been working closely together for more than 30 years. BMZ is one of two ministries representing GIZ’s sole shareholder, the Federal Republic of Germany, on GIZ’s Supervisory Board. The Ministry commissions GIZ to implement advisory projects that enhance the capacities of individuals, organizations and societies to improve their living conditions through efficient and sustainable use of resources in order to attain their goals.

The BMZ moreover builds up the guidelines and the central ideas on which German development policy is based. It devises long-term strategies for cooperation participation with the different players concerned and outlines the rules for actualizing that collaboration. These are the establishments for developing shared projects with partner countries and global development associations. When working on behalf of BMZ, GIZ also attach priority to ensuring that the projects can continue after funding from the German Government has ceased.

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) works closely with GIZ and commissions the company to implement various bilateral and regional projects and programmes, mainly within the scope of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). For the IKI projects, priority is given to the activities that support creating international climate protection architecture and promote innovative and transferable solutions that have an impact beyond the individual project. Since 2008, the IKI of the BMU has been financing projects as a part of Germany’s climate financing and funding commitments. These efforts provide various co-benefits, particularly the improvement of living conditions in partner countries.

GIZ also advises BMU on matters relating to the development of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the expansion of global CO2 trading, the implementation of the Mediterranean Solar Plan, the assistance of the Ministry to secure EU and third-party funding.

European Union (EU)

The European Union and its 28 Member States are the world’s largest international development donor providing more than 50 per cent of global official development assistance. With it enlargement and engagement in cooperation with more than 150 countries and other organizations around the world, GIZ is one of the organizations that has been implementing projects and programmes, since the early 1980s, on behalf of the European Union (EU) for several purposes. In achieving its policy objectives and in meeting its international commitments, GIZ’s support to the European Union takes a variety of sectors such as justice, administration, economic development, poverty reduction, and democracy-building.

As a German federal enterprise, GIZ also cooperates with various European Commission Directorates-General, notably the Directorate-Generals for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) and Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR). In addition, GIZ acts as an expert, dialogue partner and service provider for the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) and the Directorates-General for Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO), Health and Food Safety (SANTE) and Trade (TRADE), among others.

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.