akzente | Das Magazin der GIZ

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.
Five perspectives
Public debate about China is often characterised by superlatives and clichés. akzente asked five experts to present their views.
‘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.
Faster, higher, further
Environmental protection and pollution, extreme poverty and growth – China’s development remains contradictory.
‘China is hungry for success’
Interview with Zheng Han, Chair of the Sino-German School for Postgraduate Studies at Tongji University in Shanghai
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.

Empowerment – photos of our work worldwide

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.

Highlights

China
Five perspectives
Public debate about China is often characterised by superlatives and clichés. akzente asked five experts to present their views.
Intercultural bridge-builders
China’s relationship with Germany and Europe is more important than ever. GIZ is working to strengthen mutual understanding.
Faster, higher, further
Environmental protection and pollution, extreme poverty and growth – China’s development remains contradictory.
‘China is hungry for success’
Interview with Zheng Han, Chair of the Sino-German School for Postgraduate Studies at Tongji University in Shanghai

Facts and figures

  • 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

  • Almost 1.1 billion people still have no access to electric power. Solar lights are cheaper and more frequently purchased.

  • of 91,523 species of flora and fauna examined are threatened with extinction.

  • of full-time jobs in the world are generated by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  • billion people more than in 1990 now have access to safe drinking water.

  • The good news is that child labour is on the decline. However, 168 million children are still victims of this exploitation.

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