akzente | Das Magazin der GIZ

Cleaning up
Things are changing in Bangladesh’s textile industry. Factories producing textiles for the Lidl supermarket group are changing the way they use chemicals. We visit a pilot project.
Network for a new urban agenda
Cities Fit for Climate Change is a global project focusing on integrated urban development in the face of climate change. Views from three people from Chile, India and South Africa.
‘Don’t try to be superwomen’
Interview with Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
On the right track
Two investigators and one crime victim talk about the Police Programme Africa.
Learning for life
Youth unemployment in Tunisia is high. A partnership is helping young people to get the training they need.
Helping hands
Farmers in northern Iraq are employing refugees on their farms. Milking machines are making work easier and increasing revenue.

Renewable energy – photos of our work worldwide

Information and background

  • 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.

  • Identifying scope for action

    The world calls on our country to accept greater international responsibility. What does that mean for GIZ?

  • ‘A tool for development’

    Shradha Sharma is a journalist and the founder of YourStory, the biggest media ­technology platform for start-ups in India.

  • Fighting violence against women

    An app and awareness campaigns: How GIZ is preventing violence against women in South America.

  • For Peace

    Germany is offering support to the people of Mali as they move towards reconciliation and stability.


‘Don’t try to be superwomen’
Interview with Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Room for improvement
Whether in art, science, culture or business, statistics prove that gender equality is still a long way off.
The rise of women
Women have increasingly taken top-level political posts. Malliga Och describes the long road to power.
Breaking new ground together
They challenge stereotypes and are role models: female members of Jordan’s regional councils in action.

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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