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.




Interview cities

‘Sustainability remains a key issue’
Ashok-Alexander Sridharan is the Mayor of Bonn. He wants the city of his birth to be carbon-neutral by 2035.

Infographic Cities

Blessing or curse?
Never before have so many people lived in cities. Facts and figures from the big-city jungle.

Interview Democracy

‘It’s a matter of equality’
In democracies, towns and local authorities should be given more powers, says social scientist Shandana Khan Mohmand from the University of Sussex.

In focus

Learning democracy
For the first time, Ugandans are helping to reshape their country’s energy policy. Lawyer Claudia Apio takes her message around local villages calling for real change.

Interview Human security

‘It’s not just wrong, it’s stupid’
Interview with Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President of the network Women In International Security

Infographic Human security

The biggest risks of all
In today’s world, war and weapons are no longer seen as the biggest dangers.

Infographic Waste

As far as the eye can see
Waste knows no borders, as a glance at the world’s cities, seas and rivers shows – we are even littering space with our debris.


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

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.

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.