akzente spotlights political and social developments. Essays by leading authors contribute to current debates, and interviews and comments help broaden horizons. Infographics provide a clear presentation of complex issues.

  • Infografic Education

    In the years before COVID-19, the global community made great strides in education. Some of that progress is now at risk. We take a closer look.
  • Essay Education

    South Africa-based education and science writer Megan Lindow explains how education can make societies fit for the challenges ahead.
  • Interview Education

    Alice Albright about the significance of learning and why children cannot wait to get back to school.
  • Background Education

    Using the crisis in education as an opportunity to rethink and modernise – that is the order of the day, and GIZ’s aim. A column by Michael Holländer.
  • Essay

    People around the globe yearn for democracy – at least when it offers more than elections. Stefano Palestini explains why the Chilean example is a case in point.
  • Infographic

    Opinions, feelings and hypotheses about the state of democracy abound. A look at the world of facts and figures helps to put things in perspective.
  • Interview

    In democracies, towns and local authorities should be given more powers, says social scientist Shandana Khan Mohmand from the University of Sussex.
  • Views on China

    Public debate about China is often characterised by superlatives and clichés. akzente asked five experts to present their views.
  • Background

    China’s relationship with Germany and Europe is more important than ever. GIZ is working to strengthen mutual understanding.
  • Infographic China

    Environmental protection and pollution, extreme poverty and growth – China’s development remains contradictory.
  • Interview Zheng Han

    Interview with Zheng Han, Chair of the Sino-German School for Postgraduate Studies at Tongji University in Shanghai