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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)


As of 1 January 2011, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GTZ) has ceased to exist. It has been merged with the German Development Service (DED) and InWEnt (Capacity Building International, Germany) to become the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The GTZ had been actively engaged in development cooperation worldwide since 1975. It was an enterprise under private law, owned by the Federal Republic of Germany.

Organisational form of the GTZ

The corporate purpose of the GTZ was to support the German government in its development-policy work. To this end, it carried out work contracted to it by the German government within the framework of Technical Cooperation.

The organisational form of the GTZ, as an enterprise under private law, enabled it to act on behalf of third parties with the approval of the German government. On this basis, the commercial arm of the GTZ – GTZ International Services (GTZ IS) – accepted contracts from international organisations such as the European Union and the World Bank, against payment. The GTZ also realised projects financed by developing countries themselves.

The GTZ’s main client was the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), but on a significantly smaller scale it also did work on behalf of other German ministries and the Länder (federal state) governments.

As of 1 January 2011, all of the GTZ’s tasks listed here and below will be taken over by the new Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Spectrum of work of the GTZ

The objectives and guiding principles drawn up by the BMZ for German development policy form the basis for the work of the GTZ – and since January 2011 for the work of the GIZ. In 2010, the GTZ was active in 128 project countries. At the time of the merger the company employed just under 15,000 staff, some 11,000 of whom were national personnel in partner countries. The GTZ had its own offices in 88 countries. Its head office was in Eschborn near Frankfurt am Main.

The name "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit" was indicative of the GTZ’s field of work: Technical Cooperation. However, its work embraced not only imparting technical knowledge, but more particularly the transfer of organisational and economic expertise. The GTZ increasingly also acted as a facilitator between the state and civil society, and as a mediator in conflicts of interest within societies. The GTZ also offered services under the BMZ’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme.

The GTZ worked on a public-benefit basis on behalf of the German government. Any surplus generated was reinvested in development cooperation projects.

Information about the new Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) can be found here.

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1-5
D-65760 Eschborn
Phone: +49 / 61 96 / 79-0
Fax: +49 / 61 96 / 79-11 15

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