akzente | Das Magazin der GIZ

Pearls of knowledge
Education is a weapon against extremism. Teachers are busy learning about modern teaching methods to make lessons more appealing for Afghan children.
Helping the helpers
Saving more lives thanks to modern equipment and up-to-date know-how for the fire service, other emergency services and the Ukrainian Red Cross.
A question of trust
Germany supports police forces in the Palestinian territories to deliver a professional, community-oriented service.
Fashion made in Georgia
Fashion from Georgia is being celebrated on the catwalk. However, if the industry is to establish itself on the European market, it needs not just creativity, but above all new expertise.
Back to the Future
Students in Cambodia have developed an app that takes people to places of importance under the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge.
‘It’s not just wrong, it’s stupid’
Interview with Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President of the network Women In International Security

Break the Violence: Gangs and Resilience in Cape Town

Information and background

  • Global network for solid waste management

    Reduce, reuse, recycle – as much and as efficiently as possible. These goals are the focus of GIZ’s work with waste. This protects habitats and reduces greenhouse gases.

  • A circular approach to our thoughts

    State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth about a circular waste economy

  • 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.


Human security
United for peace
In a fragile country like Mali, greater stability is only possible if foreign, development, security and environmental policies are integrated with one another in the long term.
A question of trust
Germany supports police forces in the Palestinian territories to deliver a professional, community-oriented service.
‘It’s not just wrong, it’s stupid’
Interview with Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President of the network Women In International Security
The biggest risks of all
In today’s world, war and weapons are no longer seen as the biggest dangers.

Facts and figures

  • years remain before all insects may have become extinct. This is a scenario painted by the authors of the largest study on insects to date if insects continue to disappear at the current rate. The main causes identified by the authors are the loss of the insects’ original habitat, intensive agriculture and harmful fertilisers and pesticides.

  • million babies were born in regions affected by conflict in 2018. Each of these children has already suffered stress in the first few months of its life due to chaotic and unsafe conditions. If children are faced with this stress repeatedly or over a longer period of time, it can have a severe impact on their mental and physical health. It also affects their ability to learn and their behaviour.

  • trillion US dollars have been invested in developing renewable energy over the past ten years. Capacity has quadrupled in this period: whereas only around 410 gigawatts of green energy were produced in 2010, this figure had risen to 1,650 gigawatts in 2019. This has saved around two billion tonnes of CO2 emissions worldwide.

  • 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.