The European Union (EU) and its member states collectively form the world’s largest development cooperation donor. As a German federal enterprise, GIZ contributes to the implementation of the political objectives and international obligations of the EU and the German Government through its work. To this end, GIZ works worldwide with and for the EU on a broad range of issues, as well as providing support to the EU on behalf of the German Government, ranging from expert advice to project implementation on the ground.
Under delegated cooperation arrangements, GIZ is accredited to manage European Commission funds set aside to support partner countries. GIZ implements these funds in the form of joint activities commissioned by the German Government (co-financing). It also carries out EU commissions through GIZ International Services.