akzente spotlights political and social developments. Essays by leading authors contribute to current debates, and interviews and comments help broaden horizons. Infographics provide a clear presentation of complex issues.




Focus: Africa

A continent in transition
Africa is the continent of opportunity – economic, political and cultural. But how can it make the most of its potential?

Africa - Interview

‘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.

Guest article: Health

For prosperous nations
Health is the basis for more prosperous nations, says Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

Essay: Health

Getting better
People are living longer, including in the developing countries – even though health systems are still far from robust.

Infographic: Work

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
The gap between ambition and reality in the labour market

Guest article: work

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

Business and diversity

Customer diversity
Diversity at Deutsche Post DHL Group

Infographic: Diversity

Diversity wins
Diversity is a key component of economic and political success.

Interview: refugee crisis

‘Tremendous challenge’
Minister Gerd Müller talks about the global refugee crisis.

Guest article: Saša Stanišić

A matter of chance
The author Saša Stanišić about arriving in a new country


‘We’re talking millions’
International lawyer Walter Kälin on climate-induced displacement

Guest article: climate change

Calls for action
Mary Robinson about fair burden sharing in acting on climate change

Interview: Compliance

‘Do business honestly’
Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt about transparency

Guest article: Transparency

Transparency is vital
Fatuma Ndangiza about good governance in Africa