The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. It provides viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world. Working under difficult conditions, GTZ promotes complex reforms and change processes. Its corporate objective is to improve people's living conditions on a sustainable basis.
GTZ works for the German Federal government and other clients, public or private sector, national or international, such as the EU, World Bank or UN organisations, and for private sector companies. Our main client is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
GTZ is a federal enterprise based in Eschborn near Frankfurt am Main. It was founded in 1975 as a company under private law. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is its major client. The company also operates on behalf of other German ministries, partner-country governments and international clients, such as the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as on behalf of private enterprises. GTZ works on a public-benefit basis. Any surpluses generated are channelled back into its own international cooperation projects for sustainable development.
In almost 130 countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Eastern European countries in transition and the New Independent States (NIS), GTZ employs some 9,300 staff; around 8,200 of these are national personnel in partner countries. GTZ maintains its own offices in 67 countries.
Some 1,000 people are employed at Head Office in Eschborn near Frankfurt am Main. In addition, around 350 people work for supraregional projects based at various locations within Germany.