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Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

The GIZ is responsible for the implementation of the development policy projects and programs of the German government. It was formed in late 2010, from the merger of the German development agencies GTZ (German Technical Cooperation), DED (German Development Service) and InWEnt (Capacity Building International).

German Development Bank (KfW)

KfW Development Bank is Germany’s leading development bank. It carries out Germany´s financial cooperation with developing countries on behalf of the German Government. The 600 personnel at headquarters and about 200 specialists in its 66 local offices cooperate with partners worldwide. Its goal is to combat poverty, secure peace, protect the environment and climate, and make globalisation fair. KfW is a competent and strategic advisor on current development issues.

The DEG, or German Investment and Development Corporation, is part of KfW Bankengruppe (KfW banking group). It finances investments of private companies in developing and transition countries. As one of Europe's largest development finance institutions, it promotes private business structures to contribute to sustainable economic growth and improved living conditions.


SES - Senior Experten Service

SES offers interested retirees the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to others, both within Germany and abroad. They work in a voluntary capacity as Senior Experts, helping to train both specialist workers and management staff. They help others to help themselves – an important contribution towards safeguarding a small slice of the future. It is a system that benefits all parties.


The development volunteer service weltwärts was founded in 2008 by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since then, more than 25,000 volunteers have been sent from Germany and dedicated themselves to development projects. Since 2013 young people from partner countries have also been able to do development volunteer service in Germany. In the first two years, 400 people took this opportunity and helped in charity organisations in Germany.

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