akzente | Das Magazin der GIZ

GIZ delivers results worldwide
GIZ’s new results data are available now – akzente provides an overview, with explanations of how they are produced from Lennart Bendfeldt-Huthmann.
Four-legged therapist
In eastern Ukraine, specially trained dogs are helping to treat disabled children and those traumatised by conflict.
A promising harvest
Cocoa is an important product in western and central Africa. Together with various partners, GIZ has developed a training programme to help smallholders farm their land sustainably.
Medications at the touch of a button
A South African-German partnership is breaking new ground by giving people with chronic illnesses easy access to essential medicines: the pharmacy of the future operates almost like a cash machine.
Five perspectives
Public debate about China is often characterised by superlatives and clichés. akzente asked five experts to present their views.
Faster, higher, further
Environmental protection and pollution, extreme poverty and growth – China’s development remains contradictory.

Empowerment – photos of our work worldwide

Information and background

  • Intercultural bridge-builders

    Part partner, part competitor, part opponent – China’s relationship with Germany and Europe is more important than ever. With a network of contacts, GIZ is working to strengthen mutual understanding.

  • Gathering momentum

    The electric miracle of Shenzhen, smart traffic lights in Jinan and a dialogue about future mobility – a trip through China with Guido Beermann, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

  • Making way for startups

    akzente gathered insights on the Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative ‘Make-IT in Africa’ featuring the voices of four young African experts and an interview with the Head of the programme.

  • Building up hope

    Simple ideas - such as running a small shop - are turning around the lives of refugees and local people in northern Iraq following the end of terror in the country.

  • Our job: to promote decent work

    GIZ promotes employment around the world – often delivering rapid results. Tilman Nagel explains what this involves.

  • Much needed temporary jobs

    On behalf of BMZ, GIZ has helped partners to create 22,000 temporary jobs in Dohuk Province.

Highlights

China
Five perspectives
Public debate about China is often characterised by superlatives and clichés. akzente asked five experts to present their views.
Intercultural bridge-builders
China’s relationship with Germany and Europe is more important than ever. GIZ is working to strengthen mutual understanding.
Faster, higher, further
Environmental protection and pollution, extreme poverty and growth – China’s development remains contradictory.
‘China is hungry for success’
Interview with Zheng Han, Chair of the Sino-German School for Postgraduate Studies at Tongji University in Shanghai

Facts and figures

  • million people are migrant workers. That is nine per cent more than in 2013, when there were around 150 million. Around 60 per cent are concentrated in three world regions: northern, southern and western Europe, North America and Arab countries.

  • billion people, primarily in developing countries, depend on forests. They provide them with food, medicine and fuel. This habitat is also vital for the climate, as trees store carbon dioxide. Despite this, humans destroy 13 million hectares of forest every year.

  • million women in developing countries have little or no access to modern contraceptives. Meanwhile, unsafe abortions are a leading cause of maternal mortality.

  • million children and young people of school age are not receiving education. The figures for primary school children have not improved since 2008.

  • billion USD less is spent each year on things like energy and food as a consequence of natural disasters.

  • new cases of malaria have been reported by Paraguay over the last three years. This means that the country is considered to be free of the disease.

  • MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action

  • Almost 1.1 billion people still have no access to electric power. Solar lights are cheaper and more frequently purchased.

  • of 91,523 species of flora and fauna examined are threatened with extinction.

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