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GIZ local staff

National employees: 329
International employees: 32
Integrated experts: 1

(as at: 31.12.2019)

Germany and Pakistan have been partners in sustainable development since 1957. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Pakistan since 1963 and has maintained a country office in the capital, Islamabad, since 1990. 

Pakistan is facing numerous challenges. Its population is growing rapidly. More than one third of its 210 million citizens are less than 15 years of age, and many of these young people have no prospect of finding work. Serious deficiencies in vocational education and training are hampering economic development. The country’s political institutions are weak and participation in political processes is low. Women and girls often suffer discrimination. In addition, the power supply is erratic and inefficient.

Working on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ’s activities focus on the following priority areas:

  • sustainable economic development
  • good governance
  • energy

GIZ provides support for thousands of apprentices and vocational education institutions to enable them to meet the demands of the labour market. It assists the agencies operating the social security and health insurance system in providing social protection for large numbers of people. In the textile sector, GIZ is supporting the Pakistani Government in ensuring labour and environmental standards are upheld.

GIZ is advising Pakistan on a more efficient, transparent and citizen-friendly approach to governance. For example, its work promotes decentralisation and local governance. This includes assistance for state and civil society efforts to boost development on the border with Afghanistan.

GIZ is also supporting the use of renewable energies and energy efficiency by promoting financing options and advising on technical implementation.

On behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), GIZ is helping Pakistan to improve its management of refugees.

In addition to its two main commissioning parties, BMZ and AA, GIZ is also carrying out projects based on cofinancing arrangements with other donors such as the European Union, Great Britain and Norway.

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Training in Pakistan - Finally work

Faces and Stories

Pakistan: Sanita, freelancer

Eighteen-year-old Sanita lives in a remote region in the north of Pakistan. A two-month IT training course helped her to get the qualifications she needed for a job with good future prospects.

Faces and Stories

Pakistan: Asmat Perveen, public prosecutor

As one of the few women to become a district public prosecutor in Pakistan, Asmat Perveen never wearies of working toward a peaceful future for her country.