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

Throwaway lifestyles
Humans seem to be drowning in their own waste. Essay by environmental journalist Joachim Wille
As far as the eye can see
Waste knows no borders, as a glance at the world’s cities, seas and rivers shows – we are even littering space with our debris.
‘The time to act is now’
Interview with Maria Cristina Fossi, professor of ecology and ecotoxicology and environmentalist

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 warm welcome
Rather than a stuffy atmosphere, libraries in eastern Ukraine provide a space for lively discussions between locals and internally displaced persons.
Four-legged therapist
In eastern Ukraine, specially trained dogs are helping to treat disabled children and those traumatised by conflict.
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

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

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.
‘Don’t try to be superwomen’
Interview with Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Economic development and employment

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.
‘Telling people about our diversity’
Author Farirai Mubvuma describes why she became an author and explains how everyone benefits if they listen to one another.