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When paradise drowns
For the residents of one village in Fiji, climate change changes everything.
A rising star
Renewable energy is currently experiencing a major boom. That’s good news for the climate. However, a series of challenges stills stands in the way of a global energy transition: alongside providing additional funding and introducing appropriate legislati
Training for the energy transition
Morocco aims to increase the share of renewable energy. But the country has a shortage of experts. A new institute is providing the training.
Reconciliation through trade
GIZ is helping to ensure that entrepreneurs from two ethnic groups in Sri Lanka now do business together.
Riches below ground
Afghanistan’s mineral wealth could solve its economic problems. Tomorrow’s experts are being trained in Kabul.

Information and background

  • Radiating appeal

    Exciting facts and figures about the future of energy in our infographics.

  • “Unprecedented Support”

    Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework on Climate Change, about the Climate Agreement. 

  • Clean energy for Chile

    Solar and wind energy are an integral part of the electricity sector. Looking back at a project and its impact.

  • Precious water, new opportunities

    Syrian refugees in Jordan are learning to be plumbers. The training is also helping the country to solve its water problem.

  • Work and dignity

    When women have work, they can invest in the next generation, says lawyer Ela Bhatt from India.

  • Asia needs diversity

    Bambang Susantano, Vice-President at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), discusses inequality.


A continent in transition
Africa is the continent of opportunity – economic, political and cultural. But how can it make the most of its potential?
Great opportunities and diversity
Africa is far from a monotonous region that will never succeed. The infographic shows opportunities and challenges.
Feeding the fish
Jowhor Ile is a Nigerian author whose ­writings about daily life in Africa are both poetic and political.
‘Africa can capture the century’
Kandeh Yumkella has left a high-ranking position at the United Nations in order to push for progress in Sierra Leone.

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Facts and figures

  • trillion passenger kilometres are expected to be accounted for by global passenger transportation in 2030.

  • Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference in Berlin in November 2016

  • of women have experienced physical or sexual violence in a relationship, making these some of the most widespread human rights violations.

  • G20 Leaders’ Communiqué, Hangzhou Summit, September 2016

  • people could be in full-time employment in the maritime industry by 2030. This industry currently employs more than 31 million people.

  • Women face discrimination also after their working lives. Proportion of women and men of retirement who receive a pension.

  • Katja Iversen, President/CEO of Women Deliver at the organisation’s fourth international conference in Copenhagen in May 2016

  • The conditions for entrepreneurs vary greatly, as the diagram on the average time required to start a business shows.

  • Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, on Africa Human Rights Day

Flying high