akzente provides insight into local engagement. GIZ’s expertise is in demand around the world. Together with its partners, it works in over 130 countries to offer people prospects and improve their living conditions over the long term.

  • Housing for refugees
    ‘A historical chance to build a powerful region’
    Lviv, revisited: In 2020, akzente spoke with its mayor Andriy Sadovyj for the first time. Since the Russian invasion, his world is a different one.
  • Ukraine’s will to forge its own path is unbroken
    Ukraine’s will to forge its own path is unbroken
    When Russia launched its war of aggression on Ukraine, GIZ was able to provide rapid and effective assistance because of our presence throughout the country. Since then, we have been combining rapid assistance with reconstruction and advice on reforms. By Daniel Busche, GIZ Country Director in Ukraine
  • ‘The nation as a whole will need support’
    ‘The nation as a whole will need support’
    Valentyna Mazhbits works at the Berlin Charité for the Solomiya Hospital Partnership project to support psychiatric hospitals in Ukraine.
  • ‘How do we reach people?’
    A pilot project in Kosovo shows how behavioural science can help to improve tax compliance.
  • 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.
  • ‘A successful EU Council Presidency – in spite of the pandemic’
    Tanja Gönner, Chair of the GIZ Management Board, looks back at Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Her conclusion? A lot was achieved in the face of the pandemic.
  • Cucumbers wait for no one
    Every day counts when it’s harvest time. There’s now a quick and easy way to register seasonal workers at the Ostić farm in Serbia using an app.
  • One team, more clout
    Born out of the coronavirus crisis, the Team Europe concept now serves as a blueprint for EU-wide development cooperation.