Themes

akzente reports on GIZ’s work. In seven different thematic areas ranging from economic development and employment promotion to environment and energy to strengthening freedom and security, it offers solutions to complex challenges.

 

Sustainable infrastructure

Every drop counts
GIZ is helping local institutions in the Palestinian territories to make better use of what little water there is.
Bright future for India
Green energy that pays for itself: how solar energy is helping power the Delhi Metro and a cricket stadium in Bangalore.
Power to the people
A hydropower plant supplies electricity to a Nicaraguan village for the first time. It has changed the place for good.

Environment and climate change

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
Tree sap brings prosperity
The state and local population are co-managers of a conservation area in the Peruvian Amazon.
Ten entrepreneurs, plenty of ideas
At a boot camp in Berlin, German and Indian start-up entrepreneurs learn from each other.

Rural development

A fresh start with milk
Farming families in Sri Lanka are rebuilding their country’s dairy industry after years of civil war.
Golden rice
Nigeria still relies on imports to supply the population with rice. Farmers like Hajiya Gambo Auwalu want to change this.
Solution in a nutshell
Cultivation of cashew nuts has improved lives of farmers in Ghana. For a long time their potential remained unexploited.

Security, reconstruction and peace

Reconciliation through trade
GIZ is helping to ensure that entrepreneurs and students from two ethnic groups in Sri Lanka now do business together and study side by side.
The Bosnian ‘Düren’
Some 20 years ago a settlement was founded for refugees returning home. What has happened to these people since then?
Making a fresh start
After more than 50 years of civil war, Colombia has more internally displaced persons than any other country.

Social development

Some progress, more work ahead
In the past two decades, the world has made major progress in many areas.
A passion to teach
In Afghanistan there is a shortage of well-qualified vocational school teachers. A reform is now improving prospects.
An app to improve safety
Violence against women is a major problem in Latin America. Companies are providing support in order to achieve change.

Governance and democracy

‘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.
‘Stop saying nothing has changed!’
Tunisians should be more proud of what they have achieved after the Arab Spring, says Amel Karboul.
Diplomacy ­revisited
Creative minds gathered in Montreal with a common goal: to shape the future of global communication.

Economic development and employment

Riches below ground
Afghanistan’s mineral wealth could solve its economic problems. Tomorrow’s experts are being trained in Kabul.
Working towards a dream of happiness
At the Kabarto refugee camp in northern Iraq, Nada Yussuf Kada campaigns for women’s rights and is herself a role model.
Reality check for dreams
Many Albanians want to work in Germany, but only a few are aware of all the conditions they have to meet.