GIZ has over 50 years of experience
in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment,
energy and the environment, peace and security. The diverse expertise of a
federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government,
European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and
governments of other countries all benefiting from the services.
GIZ has two registered offices in
Germany, one in Bonn and one in Eschborn, near Frankfurt am Main. Regional
offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich/ Feldafing support Germany’s
federal and state government departments in the field of international
cooperation. The company also operates from about 90 offices around the globe,
some of which the company shares with other German development organizations. Furthermore,
GIZ is a member (in the sense of shareholder) of EUNIDA. The "European
Network of Implementing Development Agencies" is an association of
European national implementing agencies operating in the field of international
GIZ sees close and trusting
cooperation with organizations operating in the field of international
cooperation and sustainable development as absolutely pivotal. Cooperation with
a number of different partners enables GIZ to ensure that its contribution to realizing
international cooperation objectives complies with the German Government’s
standards in terms of coherence, efficiency and effectiveness.
For more than 30 years, capacity
development has been one of the key services delivered by GIZ and its
predecessors. GIZ supports people in acquiring specialist knowledge, skills and
management expertise. It helps organizations, public authorities and private
businesses to optimize their organizational, managerial and production
processes. And, of course, GIZ advises governments on how to achieve objectives
and implement nationwide change processes by incorporating them into
legislation and strategies.
GIZ's diverse expertise is in demand
in around 120 countries worldwide. On behalf of the German Government, the
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been
supporting Ukraine’s transition to democracy and the rule of law since 1993.
GIZ currently implements projects and programmes on behalf of five German
ministries, the European Union (EU), the UK Department for International
Development (DFID) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Swiss
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) at around 20 locations in
Ukraine, with more than 300 local and international staff.
The current priority areas of German
development cooperation activities with Ukraine are: democracy, civil society
and public administration, decentralization, energy sustainable economic
In addition, GIZ is assisting the
Government of Ukraine to manage the crisis in the east of the country. In
particular, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation
and Development (BMZ), GIZ is providing support to municipalities that are
hosting displaced persons. GIZ is also working with the Ukrainian Ministry of
Health on HIV/AIDS prevention, for example by supporting the country-wide
‘Don’t give AIDS a chance!’ campaign.
Based on its experience gathered in
other countries (e.g. Germany, Romania) GIZ has been supporting the local
authorities and other relevant stakeholders by implementing approaches of Integrated Urban
Development in the Ukraine since 2009 in the framework of its project “Municipal Development and
Rehabilitation of the Old City of Lviv”. The project, as a pilot one with a
possible replication at a larger scale or at the national level, covers four
core cities: Chernivtsi, Poltava, Vinnytsia and Zhytomyr. It becomes of
paramount importance that cities understand methods and standards of modern
city development as they are defined in the concept of integrated or sustainable
The “Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine” aims at preparing Ukrainian cities for decentralization and local
self-government by supporting them in applying integrated urban development
approaches in line with European guidelines and values as laid down in the
European Charter for Sustainable City Development (the Leipzig Charter). A good
understanding and application of planning standards and procedures helps define
priorities for development and investments, provides a solid yet adaptable
frame for decision making and thus contributes to the needs oriented allocation
of resources in line with the interests and needs of the citizens.
The Leipzig Charter recognizes that
sustainable urban development must warrant economic prosperity, social balance and a healthy
environment. It recommends to put the cities at the center of development, to make greater
use of integrated urban development policy approaches and to pay special attention to deprived
The project has three following
Component 1: Capacity building for
designing, applying and implementing processes and standards of
integrated and sustainable urban development.
Component 2: Definition and
preparation of priority infrastructure projects and implementation of small
scale, low budget and high impact investments (quick wins).
Component 3: Establishment of suitable
communication, coordination and cooperation mechanisms.
Sustainable Urban Development is an overarching concept in which
infrastructure is one part, yet a part that needs alignment with other functions of cities.
The project allows demonstrating best practice in how to design and manage such overarching
concepts and implement projects. It Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine allows
demonstrating how to match long-term urban knowledge, planning and management as
well as urban infrastructure financing.
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