German development agencies to merge

Linked with German Development Cooperation GTZ  (also called German technical aid organization), with Capacity Building International, Germany Inwent  (also called international capacity-building agency), and with German Development Service DED.

Published on DW-word.de (Deutsche Welle), by Author Stephanie Siek (KNA/EPD/dpa) and editor Michael Lawton, June 15, 2010.

Development Minister Dirk Niebel announced Tuesday that he wants to consolidate three of Germany’s international development agencies into one entity, to be called the German Association for International Cooperation. Niebel said the move would increase efficiency and reduce red tape. 

The new institution would include German technical aid organization GTZ, the German Development Service (DED), and the international capacity-building agency Inwent. It would officially come into existence on January 1, 2011 – if the federal cabinet approves the change in a vote scheduled for July 7.

The three agencies currently employ a total of 17,000 people worldwide. Their replacement would have its headquarters in Bonn and a second office in Eschborn, near Frankfurt. Inwent would retain its 14 regional offices in Germany and others maintained with partners throughout the world.

Savings will remain in the development budget: … (full text).

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