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

Global network for solid waste management
Reduce, reuse, recycle – as much and as efficiently as possible. These goals are the focus of GIZ’s work with waste.
Let’s go hiking
For many people, the mention of Jordan evokes images of the Dead Sea, the sandstone city of Petra and desert adventures in Wadi Rum. But this kingdom has even more to offer.
Throwaway lifestyles
Humans seem to be drowning in their own waste. Essay by environmental journalist Joachim Wille

Rural development

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.
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.

Security, reconstruction and peace

A question of trust
Germany supports police forces in the Palestinian territories to deliver a professional, community-oriented service.
‘It’s not just wrong, it’s stupid’
Interview with Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President of the network Women In International Security
Two steps forward, one step back
Essay by US security expert Mathew Burrows about Human security.

Social development

Water music
Correct hand-washing techniques save children’s lives. In the Lao PDR, South-East Asia, hygiene training has been integrated into everyday school life – to make sure that children stay healthy.
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.

Governance and democracy

Living after the disaster
In April 2013, the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people.
The ABC of security
How measures to improve the literacy of police officers in Afghanistan are helping stabilise the country. A visit to Bamiyan Province
Breaking new ground together
They challenge stereotypes and are role models: female members of Jordan’s regional councils in action.

Economic development and employment

Let’s go hiking
For many people, the mention of Jordan evokes images of the Dead Sea, the sandstone city of Petra and desert adventures in Wadi Rum. But this kingdom has even more to offer.
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.
Fighting corruption by App
TheIntegrityApp: A look back at the project and its results.