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.