The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a German development agency which aims to promote economic development through social inclusion and environmental protection.
Mission and Purpose
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH acts as a service provider for international cooperation on sustainable development and international educational work. The federal company works with the German federal government, European Union, the United Nations, the private sector, civil society actors, scientific institutions and governments of other countries. 
All clients and cooperation partners work with GIZ to develop ideas for political, social and economic change as well as to plan and to implement them. As a non-profit federal company, they aim to work flexibly on effective solutions that offer people perspectives and permanently improve their living conditions. 
Origins and Development
The GIZ encompasses the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GTZ) which was merged with the German Development Service (DED) and InWEnt (Capacity Building International, Germany) in 2011.
Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding
In addition to the shareholder and the supervisory board, the executive board is one of the three statutory organs of a limited liability company (GmbH). Tanja Gönner is the GIZ board spokesperson, as of September 2020.
Specializations, Methods and Tools
The organization works in fields from economic and employment promotion to energy and environmental issues to promoting peace and security.
Major Projects and Events
Analysis and Lessons Learned
Participatory Development Planning (method)
 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Profil. Accessed 9/28/2020, https://www.giz.de/de/ueber_die_giz/1689.html
 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Vorstand. Accessed 9/28/2020, https://www.giz.de/de/ueber_die_giz/276.html