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.





‘The time to act is now’
Interview with Maria Cristina Fossi, professor of ecology and ecotoxicology and environmentalist

In focus: Waste

Kick-off at the scrapyard
Thousands of people work at the Agbogbloshie e-waste dump in Ghana’s capital, Accra. There, recycling is now being rethought.

Infographic China

Faster, higher, further
Environmental protection and pollution, extreme poverty and growth – China’s development remains contradictory.

Interview Zheng Han

‘China is hungry for success’
Interview with Zheng Han, Chair of the Sino-German School for Postgraduate Studies at Tongji University in Shanghai

Infographic Women

Room for improvement
Whether in art, science, culture or business, statistics prove that gender equality is still a long way off.

Essay Women

The rise of women
Women have increasingly taken top-level political posts. Malliga Och describes the long road to power.

Essay employment

New ways to tackle the global jobs crisis
World Bank economist David Robalino describes the fight against rising unemployment.


Learning for life
Youth unemployment in Tunisia is high. A partnership is helping young people to get the training they need.

Germany‘s responsibility

Protecting migrants
Germany and the EU are providing protection for children and adults by improving migration management in the Horn of Africa.

Germany‘s responsibility

Germany in the Eyes of the World
For the third time, GIZ has interviewed people across the globe to find out about their perceptions of Germany.


Access for everyone
Digitalisation is global. It affects every part of our lives. And yet some people are being left behind. How can digitalisation become a driver of development?


Programmed for health
Bangladesh’s health system is undergoing a quiet revolution: digitalisation is making work easier for doctors and saving money.

Clean Energy - Interview

“Unprecedented Support”
Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework on Climate Change, about the Climate Agreement.

Clean energy

A rising star
Renewable energy is currently experiencing a major boom. However, a series of challenges stills stands in the way of a global energy transition.