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

Gathering momentum
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.
Startups: Debu Odulana
Founder Debu Odulana on the lack of facilities for doctors in Nigeria and the online platform “Doctoora”

Environment and climate change

Gathering momentum
A trip through China with Guido Beermann, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
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.
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.

Rural development

On course for a better future
Local authorities in Ukraine can now decide how they spend their money themselves.
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.
Learning for life
Youth unemployment in Tunisia is high. A partnership is helping young people to get the training they need.

Security, reconstruction and peace

Breaking new ground together
They challenge stereotypes and are role models: female members of Jordan’s regional councils in action.
On course for a better future
Local authorities in Ukraine can now decide how they spend their money themselves.
On the right track
Two investigators and one crime victim talk about the Police Programme Africa.

Social development

Healthy Future
The health care system in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is being given a new lease of life. The impoverished province of South Kivu shows how this might look.
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.
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.

Governance and democracy

Breaking new ground together
They challenge stereotypes and are role models: female members of Jordan’s regional councils in action.
‘Don’t try to be superwomen’
Interview with Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The rise of women
Women have increasingly taken top-level political posts. Malliga Och describes the long road to power.

Economic development and employment

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
China’s meteoric rise
China’s rise is unstoppable. China expert Professor Eberhard Sandschneider explains why, and how the West should respond.