SEEK quoted in Devex article on GIZ political appointment

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

As Germany's budget for global development has grown, the field has attracted greater attention both in the business and political spheres, along with greater scrutiny, Devex writes. Raimund is quoted as saying:

"Development cooperation is becoming more important. Since the refugee crisis, it's an object of interest. It's in the public debate where it never was before. [For] GIZ, as the biggest implementing organization in the system, this automatically creates more interest."

The article centers on the political blowback stemming from the nomination of Matthias Machnig to GIZ Arbeitsdirektor (labor director). Machnig is viewed as a political operative affiliated with the junior partner in the current government, SPD, having spent years as an adviser to former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. His nomination prompted a letter of concern from a majority of representatives on GIZ's supervisory board that was published by the newspaper Bild am Sonntag, as well as criticism from other German parties.