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Ermira Koçu

Added on: Feb 02, 2012

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2018

GIZ German Agency for International Co-operation

Working efficiently, effectively and in a spirit of partnership for sustainable development, we co-operate with Governments and institutions in developing, transition and industrialised countries. This is what the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is all about. Merged on 1 January 2011, we bring together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German development service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German technical cooperation) and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, we work in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe.

Who we work for

We are commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and other German ministries – in particular the Federal Environment Ministry. Clients also include the governments of other countries, the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank. We work closely with the private sector and promote results-oriented interaction between the development and foreign trade sectors. Our considerable experience with alliances in partner countries and in Germany is a key factor for successful international cooperation, not only in the business, academic and cultural spheres but also in civil society.

The company at a glance

GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide. In Germany, we maintain a presence in nearly all the federal states. Our registered offices are in Bonn and Eschborn. GIZ employs approximately 17,000 staff members worldwide, more than 70% of whom are local personnel. In addition, there are 1,110 development workers, 700 integrated and 455 returning experts and 820 ‘weltwärts’ volunteers.


Anna-Sophie Gührs

Lawyer with a focus on human rights and refugee law. Policy advisor on rule of law and access to justice for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ).


Ermira Koçu

Senior Legal Environmental Expert with 14 years of professional experience and qualifications related to the policy and legislation issues. More than 5 years of relevant experience with EU environmental policies, legislation and environmental Acquis through providing a planning framework and step-by-step guidance on the approaches and specific activities required to ensure the effective and legally compliant implementation of EC environmental policies and legislation. Long-standing experiences working in and with Albanian environmental institutions.Engaged closely in preparation and implementation of environmental policies, and legislation, transposition and implementation of EU environmental policies and EU Environmental Acquis. Engaged directly in several internationally funded projects, financed by different donors including EU. My ambition is to see this network extended in Albania and to work for establishing a pool of environmental lawyers that will be part of and work on behalf.


Jens Deppe

Planning Officer GIZ


Maria Munoz

I´m an anthropologist specialized on environmental conflicts in the amazon, now I’m based in Peru working for a GIZ project in the Peruvian amazon on indigenous land rights.


Rita Mwase

I am the M&E advisor for a land project. The project has special interest to improve land ownership and land user rights of women and marginalized groups. I search to understand how best I can support in promoting gender safeguards as we implement the land project.


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