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GIZ local staff

National employees: 327
International employees: 26
Integrated experts: 1

(as at: 31.12.2020)

Germany and Pakistan have engaged in development cooperation since 1961, 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’s population is set to grow by 40 million people in the next 15 years and the economy needs to grow by more than 7% a year to create jobs for this growing young population. Its geographical position makes Pakistan very vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change. A large proportion of the people, in particular poor, minorities, women, and children only have limited access to public services. Pakistan is the world's number one host of refugees from Afghanistan. Some 1.4 million people from the neighbouring country have been registered officially in Pakistan. Another one million refugees are estimated to be living in the country without having registered.

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

  • Training and Sustainable Growth for Decent Jobs 
  • Peaceful and Inclusive Societies  
  • Energy and Climate 

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 co-financing arrangements with the European Union.

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