Germany merges technical cooperation services into the GIZ

The German federal government has launched a new agency for technical cooperation. At
the start of 2011, the new ‘‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit”
(German Agency for International Cooperation) will take up its work. This agency, called GIZ, will be created by merging the three government organisations of GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit), DED (German Development
Service) and InWEnt (Capacity Building International, Germany). Having some 19,000 employees, operating in around 130 countries with revenues that are close to € 2
billion a year, the GIZ is likely to be the largest consulting company. Seven men will compose the executive body. In essence, the reform aims to streamline TC
organisations and make them more effective agents of development cooperation. It also
seeks to enhance the political steering role of the Federal Ministry for Economic
Cooperation and Development while clearly allocating implementation tasks to the new
organisation. The German financial cooperation continues to be carried out separately by KfW Entwicklungsbank.