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.



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.
More toilet facilities
Access to clean water and proper sanitation is a human right, but for many people in Kenya it is not always a reality.
Medications at the touch of a button
A South African-German partnership is breaking new ground by giving people with chronic illnesses easy access to essential medicines.


Water music
Correct hand-washing techniques save children’s lives. In the Lao PDR, South-East Asia, hygiene training has been integrated into everyday school life – to make sure that children stay healthy.
Let’s go hiking
For many people, the mention of Jordan evokes images of the Dead Sea, the sandstone city of Petra and desert adventures in Wadi Rum. But this kingdom has even more to offer.
Five perspectives
Public debate about China is often characterised by superlatives and clichés. akzente asked five experts to present their views.


A warm welcome
Rather than a stuffy atmosphere, libraries in eastern Ukraine provide a space for lively discussions between locals and internally displaced persons.
Four-legged therapist
In eastern Ukraine, specially trained dogs are helping to treat disabled children and those traumatised by conflict.
On course for a better future
Local authorities in Ukraine can now decide how they spend their money themselves.

North and Central America

Dancing salsa with a new leg
To enable Cuban orthopaedic technicians to provide modern prostheses for their patients, the German medical technology company Ottobock is supplying the island state with expertise and materials.
Through other eyes
A German-American exchange programme provides professionals with insights into the mentality of their host country.
Diplomacy ­revisited
Creative minds gathered in Montreal with a common goal: to shape the future of global communication.

South America

Embracing Peace
Colombia is beginning to come to terms with its violent past. Young people are seeking pathways to a better future. Germany is supporting the peace process.
Improving knowledge
Many young people in Central America are unemployed. At the same time, companies can’t find the skilled workers they need. An initiative brings the two sides together. Four views on a success story from Costa Rica.
Revolution in the desert
How Chile is producing low-cost green electricity and is leading the way in mitigating climate change.


Our job: to promote decent work
GIZ promotes employment around the world – often delivering rapid results.
Through other eyes
A German-American exchange programme provides professionals with insights into the mentality of their host country.
Identifying scope for action
The world calls on our country to accept greater international responsibility. What does that mean for GIZ?


Throwaway lifestyles
Humans seem to be drowning in their own waste. Essay by environmental journalist Joachim Wille
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