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Guest articles

akzente presents personal perspectives. Leading national and international experts and observers express their positions and views on pressing global issues in guest articles. GIZ staff report on their experience in Germany and abroad.

Lives or livelihoods
The coronavirus crisis poses new and unprecedented challenges for every country, in particular developing nations.
Trigger for change
GIZ supports the efforts of its partner countries to tackle the pandemic in sustainable ways that offer both social and environmental benefits.
Europe and Africa: the future of the partnership
One topic, two perspectives – in our new feature section, we ask experts to analyse a topic from their own personal perspective. To kick off, we are looking at the relationship between Africa and Europe.
Education at the core of EU-Africa Partnership
A guest column by Patrick Awuah, Founder and President of Ashesi University in Ghana
A renewed EU-Africa partnership fit to the global context
A guest column by Sandra Kramer, Director EU-AU relations, West and East Africa (DEVCO.D)
Strong voices for Europe
The economy, security, health and development: we asked experts on Europe for their views on the key topics shaping Germany’s presidency of the EU Council.
The future is urban
Cities have a key role to play in efforts to meet climate and development goals. GIZ advises municipalities and supports public involvement in decision-making.
Agile or fragile
What cities will look like in the future, depends heavily on the right management.
Wanted and threatened
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.
Pooling forces for change
People are calling for political and economic participation. GIZ takes a holistic approach to fostering democratic principles and endeavours to involve pro-reform forces.
Time for change
How the international community reacts to climate change