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What motivates people to dedicate their lives and work to international cooperation? akzente introduces you to trailblazers, key actors and other inspiring individuals whose actions make a difference. 


Top trio for human rights

A signal for equality: since the start of 2024, all three regional human rights courts have been led by women.
Vanessa Nakate

‘We cannot give up’

Vanessa Nakate, a young woman from Uganda, is a leading voice for climate justice.
Omar Alkadamani

Learning progress

Omar Alkadamani fled to Germany from Syria as a child. He knows exactly how important the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 ‘Quality education’ is – for him personally and for every country that strives for a better future.
Suzan Aref

Prioritising peace

Suzan Aref has dedicated her life to protecting and supporting women in Iraq. We turn the spotlight on her life and work.
Edgar Ssensalo
When humans and machines learn
A young IT expert from Uganda on the opportunities that artificial intelligence offers for agriculture
Keeping the dialogue going
akzente accompanied Peter Palesch, the experienced GIZ country director in Ethiopia, for one day.
Far away – and yet so near
They are working abroard for GIZ : For akzente, they share what motivates them every day and tell us their recepies for success.
Instagram posts from the rainforest
Portrait of Helena Gualinga, the Ecuadorian activist who campaigns for the rights of indigenous peoples and the protection of their habitats.
Girl power on a surfboard
Our spotlight on social cohesion is dedicated to the integrative power of sport.
Bright change
GIZ is empowering women entrepreneurs in India. Two women describe their inspiring journey towards self-employment.
Mother Courage
People with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations from Colombia describe their difficult journey towards peace.
From homemade yoghurt to dairy director
Over the past 20 years Ymer Berisha has overcome many obstacles to build one of Kosovo’s most successful milk-processing companies.