The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH attaches great importance to responsible and transparent management of personal data.

Below we provide users with information as to

  • who they can contact at GIZ on the subject of data protection
  • what data is processed when they visit the website
  • what data is processed when users contact us, subscribe to newsletters or press releases or use other GIZ online services
  • how they can opt out of the storage of data
  • what rights they have with respect to us

1. Data controller and data protection officer

Data processing is the responsibility of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 32 + 36, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1–5, 65760 Eschborn, Germany


Please contact GIZ’s data protection officer if you have questions specifically about how your data are protected:

2. Information on the collection of personal data

GIZ processes personal data exclusively in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG). Personal data are, for example, name, address, email addresses and user behaviour.

Data processing is the responsibility of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

GIZ only processes personal data to the extent necessary. Which data is required and processed for which purpose and on what basis is largely determined by the type of service you use or the purpose for which the data is required.

3. Collection of personal data when visiting our website

When visiting the Recover Better Support Fund website and filling its application forms, the browser used automatically transmits data that is saved in a log file stored on servers of the service provider kippconcept GmbH. This declaration explains what data relating to applicants are stored and the purpose for which it is used.

Application and selection process:

  • The personal data specified in the application process (Name, Function, Email-Address, Phone number and contact address) and information on the project proposal, planned activities, information on funding and shared documents (budget) will be stored on servers of the service provider Host Europe, as well as on the GIZ servers. This data is required for the purpose of assessing applications to the Recover Better Support Fund, contacting applicants in case of any questions concerning the application and/or to inform applicants about the final funding decision.
  • On the basis of Article 6(1)(b) the processing of the above specified data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract.
  • Data of non-selected applicants will be deleted immediately after the selection process, pr. Data of selected applicants with which GIZ has concluded a contract will be deleted after the purpose has been fulfilled and the legal retention periods allows.
  • In a second step during the evaluation process, anonymized proposals (application form without personal data) will be shared with the technical decision-making body. The technical decision-making body consist on GIZ, the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), the German Institute for Development (DIE) and the German federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Fund’s Steering Committee is also authorised to forward anonymized proposal to the BMZ’s external structures (concerned embassies) as well as the German Federal Foreign Office, who can assess the funding decision. The information you provide will be handled in a proper and confidential manner.
  • The data will be used exclusively for the purposes described in the statement. Any other use will always be subject to further consent. Your data will not be used for advertising purposes.

Registration to Webinars and other online events:

  • Personal data (Name, Email-Address and Phone number) is used for the purpose of processing the registration to each respective Webinars and other online events. The data is processed and used exclusively for registration to Webinars and other online events. All online events will take place on Microsoft Teams and be only held in English.

GIZ uses appropriate technical and organisational measures to secure your data against unintentional or intentional falsification, destruction, loss or access by unauthorised persons. Access to your personal data is restricted to GIZ staff that is responsible for the fund management (staff members of the Sector Project “Agenda 2030, Poverty and Inequality”) and the webmaster of Kippconcept who need to process the data for the above-mentioned purpose, and who will handle the information you provide in a proper and confidential manner.

The data will not be passed on to any other third parties except those specified above.

The data will be used exclusively for the declared purposes. Any other use will always be dependent on your consent being obtained again.

The person accepting this declaration is entitled to enquire about his/her personal data, to have the data corrected if necessary, and to demand that the data be erased. The data will then be erased. The consent given to use personal data can also be revoked at any time.

The legal basis for the processing of is their consent in accordance with Article 6 (1) a GDPR.

To revoke your consent, please send an email to

The data in the log file is deleted once the Fund’s application process concludes.

Contact forms

Our website contains contact forms which can be used for electronic contact. When using the contact form, your e-mail address and, if applicable, your full name is processed. The processing is based on your consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR for the purpose of processing your request. By sending the contact form you agree to the transmission and storage of your personal data. If you do not agree with the processing of your data, you can cancel the contact process at any time. Then, your message will not be sent.

4. Further information on data storage and transfer

When you visit our website, small text files known as ‘cookies’ are stored on your computer. They are used to make the online presence more user-friendly and effective overall. Cookies cannot run programs or infect your computer with viruses.

Our website uses cookies that are automatically deleted as soon as the browser on which the page is displayed is closed (referred to as temporary cookies or session cookies) This type of cookie makes it possible to assign various requests from a browser to a session and to recognise the browser when the website is visited again (session ID).

Transfer of data to countries outside Germany
No personal data will be transferred  to third countries.

Duration of data retention
User data will not be kept any longer than is necessary for the purpose for which it is processed or as required by law.

IT security of user data
GIZ accords great importance to protecting personal data. For this reason, technical and organisational security measures ensure that data is protected against accidental and intentional manipulation and unintended erasure as well as unauthorised access. These measures are updated accordingly based on technical developments and adapted continuously in line with the risks.

Reference to user rights
Visitors of the Recover Better Support Fund website have the right

  • To obtain information about their data stored by us (Article 15 GDPR)
  • To have their data stored by us rectified (Article 16 GDPR)
  • To have their data stored by us erased (Article 17 GDPR)
  • To obtain restriction of processing of their data stored by us (Article 18 GDPR)
  • To object to the storage of their data if personal data are processed on the basis of the first sentence of Article 6 (1) 1 f and e GDPR (Article 21 GDPR)
  • To receive their personal data in a commonly used and machine-readable format from the controller such that they can be potentially transmitted to another controller (right to data portability, Article 20 GDPR).
  • To withdraw their consent to the extent that the data has been processed on the basis of consent (Article 6 (1) a GDPR). The lawfulness of the processing on the basis of the consent given remains unaffected until receipt of the withdrawal.

Users also have the right in accordance with Article 77 GDPR to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection supervisory authority. The competent authority is the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).