Most of our work is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In 2017, BMZ commissions accounted for around 80 per cent of our business volume. Another 12 per cent came from commissions from other German public sector clients, such as the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Federal Foreign Office. GIZ also operates at the level of the German states and offers training courses on topics such as energy efficiency and renewable energies on behalf of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, for example. 

GIZ also works for international clients such as the European Union and various UN organisations. National governments from all over the world place commissions directly with us. From 2005 until 2012 GIZ managed a programme on behalf of the Ethiopian Government through which 13 state universities had been set up for more than 121,000 students. Private companies and foundations commission services from GIZ too.