Privacy Policy

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

Postal address:
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36 + 40, 53113 Bonn
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1–5, 65760 Eschborn


Contact details of the data protection officer:


The convergence initiative is a joint initiative for all members of USP2030 and non members.

The initiative is led by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. GIZ is a public-benefit federal enterprise for international cooperation. We work as a federal enterprise under private law. Our aim is to achieve the development-policy objective of improving the living conditions of people worldwide and conserving the natural resources on which livelihoods depend.

Use of cookies

This website uses a GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, which sets a technically necessary cookie to store your cookie preferences. GDPR Cookie Consent plugin does not collect any personal data.

The GDPR Cookie Consent plugin stores the consent you have given when you entered the website. If you wish to revoke these consents, simply delete the cookie from your browser. If you re-enter/reload the website, you will be asked again for your cookie consent.

Duration of data retention

Personal data are regularly deleted when

    • they are no longer needed for contractual purposes (e.g. for employment, top-ups, rental, sale or service contracts)
    • when the individuals concerned have not given any separate authorisation
    • when statutory data storage obligations and periods have expired

Reference to user rights

You are entitled:

    • to object to data processing,
    • enquire about your personal data and its processing
    • to have this corrected if necessary, or to request restriction of processing or the erasure of the data

The data will then be erased.

If you have any questions or complaints about this website, please direct your enquiry to the following e-mail address: (

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the responsible data protection supervisory authority. The responsible authority in this case is the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).

Social media plugins

YouTube with enhanced privacy

This website integrates YouTube videos. The sites are operated by Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. We use YouTube in enhanced privacy mode. According to YouTube, this mode means that YouTube does not store any information about the users of this website before they view the video. However, the forwarding of data to YouTube partners is not necessarily prevented by the enhanced privacy mode. YouTube therefore establishes a connection to the Google DoubleClick network irrespective of whether you view a video. A connection to YouTube’s servers is established as soon as you start a YouTube video on this website. This informs the YouTube server about which of our webpages you have visited. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, you allow YouTube to assign your search behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account. In addition, YouTube can store various cookies on your terminal after starting a video. These cookies allow YouTube to obtain information about visitors to this website. This information is used to prepare video statistics, improve user-friendliness and prevent fraud attempts, among other things. The cookies are stored on your terminal until they are deleted by you. In some cases, starting a YouTube video may trigger other data processing operations over which we have no influence. YouTube is used in the interest of ensuring an appealing presentation of our online offers. This represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6(1) lit. f GDPR. If consent has been requested (e.g. consent to store cookies), processing takes place based on Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR; the consent can be revoked at any time. You can find more information on privacy at YouTube in its privacy policy at:

Changes to this privacy policy

Any changes we make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by email or by notification via the App. Therefore, we encourage you to check this page from time to time so that you are kept informed of how we are processing your information.

Transfer of personal data

Your data is not forwarded to third parties.

Planned data transfer to third countries

Data is not transferred to third countries.

Duration of data storage

Personal data is routinely erased, if it is no longer required to execute a contract (for example, employment, grant, rental, purchase or service contracts), no separate consent has been provided by the data subject and statutory retention obligations and periods do not require any extended data retention.

Protection of juveniles

Persons under 16 years of age should not transmit any personal data to us without the consent of their parents or guardians.

Note on the rights of users

You have the right to object to the data processing, to request information about your personal data and its processing, rectify this information as necessary, and request the limitation of processing or erasure of the data. The data is then erased.
In case of questions and complaints about this website, you can contact the data protection officer using the contact details provided above. You also have the right to submit complaints to the competent data protection supervisory authority. The competent authority is the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).