akzente provides insight into local engagement. GIZ’s expertise is in demand around the world. Together with its partners, it works in over 130 countries to offer people prospects and improve their living conditions over the long term.



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.
Startups: Debu Odulana
Founder Debu Odulana on the lack of facilities for doctors in Nigeria and the online platform “Doctoora”
Startups: Edmond Nonie
CEO Edmond Nonie about the initial idea behind “Track Your Build”, an enterprise for progress benchmarking of construction work


Breaking new ground together
They challenge stereotypes and are role models: female members of Jordan’s regional councils in action.
Cleaning up
Things are changing in Bangladesh’s textile industry. Factories producing textiles for the Lidl supermarket group are changing the way they use chemicals. We visit a pilot project.
Building up hope
Simple ideas are turning around the lives of refugees and local people in northern Iraq following the end of terror in the country.


On course for a better future
Local authorities in Ukraine can now decide how they spend their money themselves.
Albanian treasures
To find out more about conserving historical sites and developing craft skills, we visited a building site in the World Heritage town of Berat in Albania.
Lush harvest
Ukraine is forging ahead with decentralisation, which is also designed to stimulate economic development in smaller communities. A visit to Central Ukraine’s apple orchards

North and Central America

Dancing salsa with a new leg
To enable Cuban orthopaedic technicians to provide modern prostheses for their patients, the German medical technology company Ottobock is supplying the island state with expertise and materials.
Through other eyes
A German-American exchange programme provides professionals with insights into the mentality of their host country.
Diplomacy ­revisited
Creative minds gathered in Montreal with a common goal: to shape the future of global communication.

South America

Improving knowledge
Many young people in Central America are unemployed. At the same time, companies can’t find the skilled workers they need. An initiative brings the two sides together. Four views on a success story from Costa Rica.
Revolution in the desert
How Chile is producing low-cost green electricity and is leading the way in mitigating climate change.
My friend, the tree
How livestock ranchers in Colombia are protecting the rain forest and improving their incomes at the same time.


Our job: to promote decent work
GIZ promotes employment around the world – often delivering rapid results.
Through other eyes
A German-American exchange programme provides professionals with insights into the mentality of their host country.
Identifying scope for action
The world calls on our country to accept greater international responsibility. What does that mean for GIZ?


Network for a new urban agenda
Cities Fit for Climate Change is a global project focusing on integrated urban development in the face of climate change. Views from three people from Chile, India and South Africa.
‘Don’t try to be superwomen’
Interview with Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Room for improvement
Whether in art, science, culture or business, statistics prove that gender equality is still a long way off.