Driving change – with the right person in the right place at the right time

International labour mobility – an important topic that aims at the transfer of individual knowledge. This holds great potential for developing and emerging countries, which CIM/GIZ is exploiting on behalf of the German Federal Government.

People who take their professional experience, their personal wealth of experience and their cultural skills into a new environment are engines for change. In order for this knowledge to reach the countries where it is needed, the CIM/GIZ pursues this development policy approach:

Our objective

As a service provider in the field of German international cooperation, CIM/GIZ develops new and carefully targeted approaches to labour mobility. In this context, our main objective is to promote sustainable forms of development that benefit all those involved.

Knowledge transfer through international labour mobility

If employers in developing countries and emerging economies are unable to find suitable candidates for key positions, they can ask CIM/GIZ to supply an international expert. CIM/GIZ places suitable specialists with a high degree of specialisation from the labour markets in Germany, the EU and the EFTA countries in line with demand. All such experts receive a salary top-up from Federal Government funds. This arrangement gives ministries, organisations and companies working in the development sector in Asia, Africa, South and Central America and South-East Europe access to technical and managerial expertise that they would otherwise be unable to source from the local labour market. The role of those experts is then to pass on their knowledge and, by doing so, to help bring about important changes.

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