GTZ has been active in on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 1974. In Kathmandu, it opened an office in 1978. GTZ’s activities focus on the following priorities areas at present:
The priority areas are integrated into the four pillars of Nepal’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP): broad based economic growth, human development, social inclusion and governance. PRSP provides what we consider a sound framework within which all development partners can coordinate their efforts in Nepal.
Type of assistance and programming
GTZ takes on tasks in the field of international cooperation and implements them in line with the principle of sustainable development. In our work, we aim to enhance the competence of all stakeholders. We see capacity development as our core competence, our key task, and our mode of operation. Involving all actors and partners in planning and implementation is a major principle in our work. In this way, we promote both cooperation and consensus. We often act as facilitator between state and society and mediator in societal conflicts of interest. In addition, we assist our partners in formulating and implementing long-term strategies. In this way, we jointly establish the basis for achieving structural reforms.
GTZ’s services span a wide range of activity areas, from economic development and employment promotion, through governance and democracy, health and basic education to environmental protection, resource conservation, agriculture, fishing and nutrition. Government advisory services are a high priority area of GTZ’s work. Where acute need is jeopardising human survival, GTZ also responds with emergency aid and refugee programmes. Here too, our concept is geared to strengthening people’s capacity to help themselves and promoting development that is self sustaining in the long term. In recent years, GTZ has further extended its services, for example in organising and running major events.
GTZ works nationwide. However, focus has been given to Far-West and Mid-West Regions of Nepal.