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Auswaertiges Amt (Foreign Office)

The Federal Republic of Germany is one of the leading humanitarian donors. The German Government supports the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which is part of the UN Secretariat. The Office is led by the Emergency Relief Coordinator who is also Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. The main tasks of the Coordinator and her staff are to assess rapidly the level of humanitarian need following disasters, to publish appeals for aid and then to coordinate the aid provided by the member states and the UN aid organizations.

The Federal Government sees German humanitarian aid as a contribution to an overarching task of the international community. For this reason, Germany does not just focus on making the best possible use of finances earmarked for humanitarian aid but is also active in the relevant international bodies and fora and in promoting suitable steps to make the entire international humanitarian aid system more efficient and effective. The main priority of Germany is to support the central coordinating role of the United Nations in the international humanitarian aid system and the structures and mechanisms created through reform of humanitarian aid in the UN and where necessary to help further develop such structures.

For more information see the German Foreign Office Website


Formally known as GTZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) was formed on January 1 2011, bringing together the long-standing expertise of DED, GTZ and Inwent. GIZ supports people and societies in developing, transition and industrialised countries in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions. As a federally owned enterprise, it supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and operates in 130 countries worldwide. GIZ operates in many fields, including economic development and employment; governance and democracy; security, reconstruction, peace building and civil conflict transformation; food security, health and basic education; and environmental protection, resource conservation and climate change mitigation

Most of GIZ's activities are commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries – in particular the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research – as well as German federal states and municipalities, and public and private sector clients both in Germany and abroad. These include the governments of other countries, the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank. GIZ works closely with the private sector and promote results-oriented interaction between the development and foreign trade sectors. Its considerable experience with alliances in partner countries and in Germany is a key factor for successful international cooperation, not only in the business, academic and cultural spheres but also in civil society.

For more information see the GIZ website.


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