Solutions that work

We provide services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party, but we also work closely with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.

All these commissioning parties trust GIZ to generate ideas for political, social and economic change on their behalf, to develop these into concrete plans and to implement the envisaged change processes. Since we are a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and European values are central to our work. This makes us a reliable service provider that people can trust. Together with our partners, we work to deliver flexible and effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2014 our business volume exceeded two billion euros. Around 70 per cent of our local workforce of 16,410 people are national personnel working in over 130 countries. In our capacity as a recognised sending organisation, we currently have 785 development workers in action in partner countries. In addition, CIM, a joint operation of GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency, placed around 1,000 integrated and returning experts with local employers abroad in 2014 while providing them with financial support and advisory services.

GIZ in Kyrgyzstan

Effective Support for Development Kyrgyzstan is a partner country for German development cooperation. From the early 1990’s, GIZ has been implementing projects commissioned mainly by BMZ in this former Soviet Republic. Other main participants are the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Interior, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the European Union.

GIZ also implements regional projects covering several countries in Central Asia, most of which are administered from Kyrgyzstan. The Country Office of GIZ has been based in the capital, Bishkek, since 1992. It steers all GIZ activities in Kyrgyzstan and bears responsibility for the majority of the regional projects of GIZ in Central Asia.

At the present time, as many as 216 employees work in Kyrgyzstan in various projects of GIZ, among which are 46 foreign specialists. Integrated experts (CIM) operate in partner organizations, mainly at the level of ministries and head organizations. Starting from the end of 2013, development workers have been providing consultations for local and regional partner organizations.

Priority directions and activities GIZ in Kyrgyzstan works in line with the National Sustainable Development Strategy of Kyrgyzstan on the priority directions “Sustainable Economic Development” and “Health,” but, upon the request of the Kyrgyz parties, GIZ’s work is broader in scope. To reduce the poverty level, the aims of the national development strategy are primarily considered to be economic stabilization, acceleration of structural reforms and decrease of debt obligations. In the health sector, cooperation aims at improving the quality and accessibility of medical services for the mothers and newborns with high morbidity risk. We also strengthen the country’s capacity to deal with drug prevention in a sustainable manner.

GIZ in Kyrgyzstan