akzente | Das Magazin der GIZ

Living after the disaster
In April 2013, the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people.
A fresh start
To help more people into work, GIZ has teamed up with its partners in Lebanon to offer a series of intensive training courses.
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.
A circular approach to our thoughts
A guest column by State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth on the challenges and seemingly insurmountable obstacles of environmental policy.
More toilet facilities
Access to clean water and proper sanitation is a human right, but for many people in Kenya it is not always a reality.
A warm welcome
Rather than a stuffy atmosphere, libraries in eastern Ukraine provide a space for lively discussions between locals and internally displaced persons.

A good start into life: Perinatal Health in Kyrgyzstan

Information and background

  • Intercultural bridge-builders

    Part partner, part competitor, part opponent – China’s relationship with Germany and Europe is more important than ever. With a network of contacts, GIZ is working to strengthen mutual understanding.

  • Gathering momentum

    The electric miracle of Shenzhen, smart traffic lights in Jinan and a dialogue about future mobility – 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.

  • Building up hope

    Simple ideas - such as running a small shop - are turning around the lives of refugees and local people in northern Iraq following the end of terror in the country.

  • Our job: to promote decent work

    GIZ promotes employment around the world – often delivering rapid results. Tilman Nagel explains what this involves.

  • Much needed temporary jobs

    On behalf of BMZ, GIZ has helped partners to create 22,000 temporary jobs in Dohuk Province.


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
Kick-off at the scrapyard
Thousands of people work at the Agbogbloshie e-waste dump in Ghana’s capital, Accra. There, recycling is now being rethought.

Facts and figures

  • million instances of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) affect people around the world every year. The STIs in question are syphilis, chlamydia, trichomoniasis and gonorrhoea. The exact total has never been measured. Such infections can have far-reaching consequences: in 2016, syphilis caused more than 200,000 stillbirths and newborn deaths.

  • billion US dollars’ worth of productivity is lost in low-income and middle-income countries every year because people are having to eat food that is unsafe, according to estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Every year, 600 million people fall ill after eating food that has been contaminated, e.g. by chemical substances.

  • million people are migrant workers. That is nine per cent more than in 2013, when there were around 150 million. Around 60 per cent are concentrated in three world regions: northern, southern and western Europe, North America and Arab countries.

  • billion people, primarily in developing countries, depend on forests. They provide them with food, medicine and fuel. This habitat is also vital for the climate, as trees store carbon dioxide. Despite this, humans destroy 13 million hectares of forest every year.

  • million women in developing countries have little or no access to modern contraceptives. Meanwhile, unsafe abortions are a leading cause of maternal mortality.

  • million children and young people of school age are not receiving education. The figures for primary school children have not improved since 2008.

  • billion USD less is spent each year on things like energy and food as a consequence of natural disasters.

  • new cases of malaria have been reported by Paraguay over the last three years. This means that the country is considered to be free of the disease.

  • MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action