akzente | Das Magazin der GIZ

Ten entrepreneurs, plenty of ideas
At a boot camp in Berlin, German and Indian start-up entrepreneurs have the opportunity to learn both from and with each other – and to take their innovative ideas in the field of renewable energy a crucial step forward.
Electricity from the pig farm
Renewable energy, particularly hydropower, plays a major role in Central America. Now, biogas plants are also generating clean energy, as a pig breeding business in Costa Rica is demonstrating.
An app to improve safety
Violence against women is a major problem in Latin America. Companies in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay are providing support in order to achieve change.
A model of success
Ghana wants women to make up one third of graduates from its electronics professionals programmes in 2017.
Malawi goes for diversity
For years the country’s farmers clung to tobacco cultivation. Now they are switching to sunflowers, peanuts and manioc.

Information and background

  • Modern teaching in Guinea

    Through remedial classes for pupils and trainings for teachers, the quality of teaching in Guinea has improved.

  • ‘We have to reach young people’

    Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global, about the right to family planning

  • For prosperous nations

    Health is the basis for more prosperous nations, says Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO.

  • Good neighbours

    Many Afghans have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in other parts of the country. About a new start.

  • Precious water, new opportunities

    Syrian refugees in Jordan are learning to be plumbers. The training is also helping the country to solve its water problem.

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

    The gap between ambition and reality in the global labour market has become even wider.

Highlights

Health
More time to live
Nowadays, people are living longer – and this trend can be observed all over the world.
‘We have to reach young people’
Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global, about the right to family planning
For prosperous nations
Health is the basis for more prosperous nations, says Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization.
Getting better
People are living longer, including in the developing countries – even though health systems are still far from robust.

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Facts and figures

  • G20 Leaders’ Communiqué, Hangzhou Summit, September 2016

  • people could be in full-time employment in the maritime industry by 2030. This industry currently employs more than 31 million people.

  • Women face discrimination also after their working lives. Proportion of women and men of retirement who receive a pension.

  • Katja Iversen, President/CEO of Women Deliver at the organisation’s fourth international conference in Copenhagen in May 2016

  • The conditions for entrepreneurs vary greatly, as the diagram on the average time required to start a business shows.

  • Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, on Africa Human Rights Day

  • million small arms are estimated to be in circulation worldwide, with an average period of use of 30 to 50 years.

  • million hectares of forest were lost between 2000 and 2012. Protection of forests is vital: Many depend on them.

  • Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova on International Literacy Day 2015. Millions of people are still unable to read or write.

Flying high