Cooperation with the private sector

Expert training and placement

Technician in a water purifying plant in Georgia

The success of a company, in fact an entire national economy, depends to a very large extent on factors such as knowledge, education and training. That is why the BMZ also supports not only the establishment of suitable vocational education facilities and qualifications systems, but also the provision of training and advanced training and the placement of experts.

The Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM)

The Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) is a body set up jointly by the GIZ and Germany's Federal Employment Agency. The Centre's task is to assist businesses in preparing and implementing development partnerships.

CIM also places personnel on behalf of German development cooperation. As part of that task, it places highly qualified experts with employers in developing countries. To do so, CIM recruits experts working in the EU or in Germany – experts from developing countries who received their professional training in Germany but now want to return home. To integrate these experts into local structures back home, they are given a local employment contract and paid a local salary.

Future needs experience! – the Senior Expert Service (SES)

The Senior Expert Service (SES) is a foundation set up by Germany's private sector. It is the leading German organisation to place retired technical and managerial staff in assignments overseas.

The SES makes it possible to harness the knowledge and expertise of individuals who have retired from professional life, and to use it for development cooperation. These SES experts concentrate on resolving acute technical or business problems in small to medium-sized enterprises. However, clients also include public institutions, local authorities and non-profit bodies. The work of the SES experts is also to help provide relevant training to local personnel, thereby raising their level of qualification.

Since it was founded in 1983, the SES has placed more than 35,000 volunteers on assignments in 160 countries. The BMZ has been contributing some 6 million euros annually to support SES assignments.

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