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Sustainable solutions that work worldwide

The wide range of services offered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is based on a wealth of proven regional and technical expertise and tried-and-tested management know-how.

As a German federal enterprise, we provide our clients and commissioning parties with sustainable and impactful solutions for political, economic and social processes of change in over 130 countries.

In Germany, we bring together the interests of local actors and those of international partners, including some from emerging economies and industrialised countries.

Our customers include other national governments, federal and state ministries in Germany, civil society organisations, universities and private-sector companies.

North Rhine-Westphalia is amongst the 20 largest economies in the world and one of the most important locations for science, research, industry and innovation in the whole of Europe. For many years now, GIZ has been building bridges on behalf of its clients and commissioning parties – from the metropolitan region of North Rhine-Westphalia out into the entire world. Thus our partners in other countries benefit from NRW’s expertise in areas such as energy, structural change and environmental protection.


With our many years of experience, we work together with our partners across the world to help our clients and commissioning parties make their sustainability projects and international cooperation a success. Our expertise is as wide-ranging as the needs of our commissioning parties, spanning everything from vocational education and training and the integration of experts to the environment, energy, urban development and sustainable business management.


Whether they work in policy-making, business or research, we put our clients and commissioning parties in touch with our partners around the world and forge sustainable alliances to tackle global challenges.


Entering foreign markets can be risky, but we open doors for our clients and commissioning partners and support them with our contacts and experience as well as bespoke advisory packages, such as on how to make global supply chains sustainable.


We work with our clients and commissioning parties to develop projects that will attract third-party funding, for example from the European Union. As well as our specialist expertise, we also draw on our many years of experience in managing complex large-scale projects and cooperating with a host of international actors.


We offer practice-oriented training for tomorrow’s challenges. We work closely with reputable training partners in NRW so that our clients and commissioning parties can benefit from the state’s wide-ranging experience and strengths.


Innovation requires knowledge. By working with innovative formats and platforms to make knowledge and competencies available across borders, we enable our clients and commissioning parties to share experience internationally.

Contact address

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Landesbüro Nordrhein-Westfalen
Wallstr. 30
40213 Düsseldorf
T +49 (0)211- 8689-0

Responsible: Belinda Knoerr

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Our references in NRW

International cooperation with NRW – in Ghana and the Middle East

We are helping NRW to achieve its development priorities in a wide range of projects. In our partner country of Ghana, we are implementing projects on mitigating climate change, the circular economy, and sustainable economic development and employment promotion. In the Middle East, there have been projects in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. There, with the help of expertise from NRW we promote technical and vocational education and training as well as local wastewater management. We also support communities hosting refugees.

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Sustainable economic cooperation – AFRIKA KOMMT!

Leading German DAX-listed and family-owned companies set up the ‘AFRICA KOMMT!’ (‘AFRICA IS COMING!’) training initiative in 2008. The basic idea is to create a win-win situation for up-and-coming African managers as well as the companies that get involved. These young managers are invited to come to Germany and familiarise themselves with the country through an internship and management training programme. At the same time, the companies make contact with experts who know their home regions in Africa like the back of their hand. The programme is thus laying the foundations for sustainable economic cooperation with Africa.

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Promoting foreign trade – NRW and China

NRW enjoys a long-standing partnership with the Chinese provinces of Shanxi, Jiangsu and Sichuan. This is being consolidated through a range of economic initiatives and measures for economic cooperation, research partnerships, twinning arrangements and exchange formats. These also include the scholarship and exchange programmes that GIZ has been running since the mid-1980s. To date, they have produced over 1,000 alumni with close ties to NRW. These programmes are one instrument for promoting economic partnerships and environmental cooperation between NRW and its partner provinces in China.

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