Organisation general information
Organisation name: 
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH
Founding year: 
Total number of staff: 
17 000
Resources dedicated to microfinance: 
Percentage of microfinance activities: 
Type of organisation: 
Non profit
Government agency
Organisation's contact person
Contact person: 
Ms. Sigrid Rolfers
Dag-Hammarskjoeld-Weg 1-5
+49 6196 79 1231
+49 6196 7980 1231
Organisation summary

Giz’s purpose is to promote international cooperation for sustainable development. As a federal enterprise we support the german government in achieving its development policy objectives. We support our partner at local, regional, national and international level in designing strategies and meeting their policy goals. In doing this we are always guided by the concept of sustainable development and take account of political, economic, social and ecological factors. Giz operates in many fields: economic development and employment promotion, food security, health and basic education, governance and democracy, security, reconstruction and peace and environment and climate change.

Type of intervention: 
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. technical assistance/capacity building, evaluation)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. research / information dissemination)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. policy advice / development / lobby)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. networking/ donor / coordination)
Countries of intervention: 
South America
Areas of intervention: 
  • Macro level: Prudential regulation, Supervision, Interest rates and rate caps, Client protection, Supporting networks and associations, Strengthening national/regional microfinance support sector, Capacity building (focused on all MFIs), Non-prudential regulation, Overall: Strengthening central banks, ministries and regulators, providing these institutions with support in drawing up and implementing statutory reforms and strengthening banking supervisory capacity to regulate and monitor banks and MFIs.
  • Intermediate level: Rural finance, Value chain development, Post-conflict/disaster microfinance, Business development services, Social impact/performance, Environmental microfinance, Urban finance, Gender, Youth, Health, Overall: Strengthening regional and national associations and service institutions, while credit cooperatives or banks receive support in the form of training courses.
  • Micro level: Financial product development and innovation, Energy products, or other products related to environmental issues, Delivery models (group, indiv.), Performance (financial and social), Strategic planning, Marketing, Graduation of MFIs, Risk management, Management information systems, Overall: Strengthening financial institutions offering microfinance services, assisting them in helping poorer sections of the population and small enterprises to access financial services on a sustainable basis.
  • Other themes: Academic research, Impact and performances studies, Sector mapping, Evaluation
Main competences: 

We are one of the most important providers of technical assistance in the field of microfinance worldwide.