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.



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: the pharmacy of the future operates almost like a cash machine.
A promising harvest
Cocoa is an important product in western and central Africa. Together with various partners, GIZ has developed a training programme to help smallholders farm their land sustainably.
‘Telling people about our diversity’
Author Farirai Mubvuma describes why she became an author and explains how everyone benefits if they listen to one another.


Five perspectives
Public debate about China is often characterised by superlatives and clichés. akzente asked five experts to present their views.
The ABC of security
How measures to improve the literacy of police officers in Afghanistan are helping stabilise the country. A visit to Bamiyan Province
Intercultural bridge-builders
China’s relationship with Germany and Europe is more important than ever. GIZ is working to strengthen mutual understanding.


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

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.
My friend, the tree
How livestock ranchers in Colombia are protecting the rain forest and improving their incomes at the same time.


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?


Destination: the future
Strong digital initiatives are at the heart of this year’s GIZ Innovation Fund. akzente presents the winners and their ideas.
GIZ delivers results worldwide
GIZ’s new results data are available now – akzente provides an overview, with explanations of how they are produced from Lennart Bendfeldt-Huthmann.
Fighting corruption by App
TheIntegrityApp: A look back at the project and its results.