Who is Pakistan's Most Wanted


Pakistan's population is expected to increase by 40 million people over the next 15 years. The country's economy has to grow by seven percent annually so that it can create jobs for more and more young people. There are also significant energy shortages in Pakistan. Because of its geographical location, the country is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change. A large part of the population has only limited access to state services, and poor people, minorities, women and children are particularly hard hit. In remote regions, especially along the border with Afghanistan, Pakistan can only perform basic state tasks with difficulty due to a lack of administrative infrastructure.

Worldwide, Pakistan is the country that has taken in the most refugees from neighboring Afghanistan: 1.4 million people are officially registered. It is estimated that around one million Afghans are still living unofficially in Pakistan.

GIZ is active in Pakistan on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The priority of the work lies in the areas:

  • Vocational training and further education as well as social standards on the labor market
  • Good governance and decentralization
  • Energy and climate

GIZ supports several thousand trainees and institutions in the field of vocational education and training to meet the requirements of the labor market. It works with the social and health insurance authorities to ensure that as many people as possible can be offered social security. The textile industry is an employer for many people. Here GIZ is helping the Pakistani government to ensure that occupational safety and environmental protection standards are adhered to.

GIZ advises Pakistan on how to make administrative processes efficient, transparent and citizen-friendly and, for example, promotes decentralization and local administrative facilities. This includes both state and civil society measures to enable more people to attend primary school along the borders with Afghanistan and to improve medical care.

GIZ supports renewable energies and energy efficiency measures by promoting both financing options and technical implementation.

On behalf of the Federal Foreign Office (AA), GIZ is helping Pakistan to improve refugee management.