GIZ – German agency for international cooperation

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Company for International Cooperation) or GIZ is a private international enterprise founded in 1975 by Erhard Eppler and owned by the German Federal Government, specializing in, but not limited to, technical cooperation for sustainable development with worldwide operation. It primarily works for public sector organizations and is headquartered in Eschborn, Germany.

Formerly known as Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), the German Company for International Cooperation (GIZ) is a public interest company owned by the German Federal Government.

It mainly operated on behalf of the German federal government, as well as for international clients and for governments from other countries. The GIZ contributes to fulfilling the federal government’s objectives regarding international cooperation for sustainable development, and is actively involved in favor of international training, to help the world’s individuals and societies in developing their own perspectives and in improving their living conditions.

The GIZ operates in over 130 countries, employs close to 17 000 people and manages a budget of 2 billion euros.

On behalf of the former GTZ and of the AFUR (African Forum for Utility Regulators) Nomadéis:

è Carried out an international study of the regulation mechanisms of public services in 12 countries;

è Synthetized the learnings and detailed good practices and bad practices observed during the study;

è Ran (in French and in English) a two-day workshop in Niamey (Niger) gathering representatives from 24 African countries, members of the AFUR, to present the studies’ results and to stimulate a common decision-making process

è Drafted a concept paper and a road map to guide the cooperation process between members of the AFUR.