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 knowledge, education and training. That is why the BMZ supports not only the establishment of vocational education and training facilities in line with industry needs, but also the provision of training and the placement of experts.

The Centrum für internationale Migration und Entwicklung

The Centrum für internationale Migration und Entwicklung (International Centre for 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 in developing countries as part of German development cooperation. Under the Integrated Experts programme, CIM places highly qualified experts with employers in developing countries. To that end, CIM recruits experts in the German labour market – both experts from EU countries and experts from developing countries who received their professional training in Germany but now want to return home. Integrated Experts are part of the local institutional set-up, as they are given a local employment contract and paid a local salary.

Future needs experience: the Senior Expert Service

The Senior Expert Service (SES) is a foundation set up by Germany's private sector. It is the leading German organisation to place technical and managerial staff who are retired or who are taking some time off from work ("Weltdienst 30+") in assignments overseas. All SES assignments are based on the principle of helping people to help themselves. The purpose of the assignments is to pass on experience and expertise.

SES volunteer experts concentrate on resolving technical or business problems that have arisen in small and medium-sized enterprises. However, clients also include public institutions, local authorities and non-profit bodies. The work of SES experts is also intended to help provide training to local personnel.

Since it was founded in 1983, the SES has placed more than 40,000 volunteers on assignments in 160 countries.

An SES assignment generally lasts at least three weeks, but never more than six months. The client in the counterpart country where the expert is being placed is, as a general rule, expected to pay the costs of the assignment. If this proves impossible, BMZ funds can be used to pay part of the costs. The BMZ has been contributing some nine million euros annually to support SES assignments.

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