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

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.
Electricity from the pig farm
Renewable energy, particularly hydropower, plays a major role in Central America. Now, biogas plants are also generating clean energy.

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

The Bosnian ‘Düren’
Some 20 years ago a settlement was founded in Bosnia for refugees returning home. They had sought refuge in Germany during the Balkan War. What has happened to these people since then?
Settlement for returnees
In the late 1990s, large numbers of refugees were living in the town of Düren in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia after fleeing their homes in Bosnia as a result of the war. A look back at a project and its results
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

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. To avoid misunderstandings and disappointment, GIZ is providing them with information – and advising on employment and training opportunities in Alba
Self-employed, not unemployed
On the West Bank, where jobs are scarce, vocational schools are helping young adults to find success on the labour market.
Business in difficult times
War and crisis threaten the livelihoods of entrepreneurs in Yemen. Business advice via WhatsApp is helping them achieve success.