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GIZ: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

The GIZ was founded in 2011, after merging the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), the Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung gGmbH (InWEnt) and Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED).

Its head offices are in Bonn and Eschborn. It also has 90 locations around the world. It is an established executing organisation for the development service and it sends over 600 development assistants abroad.

The GIZ is first and foremost a worldwide service provider for the German government, helping it to achieve its goals in international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ staff have been working for over 50 years in various countries, in the fields of building economies and employment, environmental and energy management, and promoting peace and security. The GIZ's main client is the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

This non-profit company is not just a service provider for the German federal government, but also for European Union institutions, the United Nations, private enterprises and governments of other countries. The GIZ cooperates with companies, civil society actors, and scientific institutions. In this way, it brings together development policy actors with various areas of policy and action. Visit website

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