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South America

Peacebuilding in Colombia, green electricity from Chile, innovative digital projects in Peru: the range of issues we cover in South America is as broad and diverse as the countries that make up the region. akzente also presents interesting individuals who want to drive South America forward.

Interamerikanischer Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte

A driving force behind ‘green’ case law

We visit the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Institute in San José, where human rights, nature and the environment are viewed in a new light.
Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot

‘Keeping future generations in mind’

An interview with Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot, Vice President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights – on climate change, human rights, nature and a common understanding across continents.
Vier Männer auf dem Fahrrad nehmen ein Selfie auf.

Ibagué turns to pedal power

Away from the major metropolitan areas of Latin America, one city in Colombia is leading the way to social and climate-friendly mobility with a free public bicycle share scheme that illustrates how the city is on the right track to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable cities and communities.
María Fernanda Ávila

‘If I start a business, it must support women’

Three questions for entrepreneur María Fernanda Ávila about her company and her motivation to do something to counter violence against women in Ecuador
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.
Moving forward
GIZ is supporting Bolivia in achieving lasting improvements to its water security. A visit to the Río Azero valley.
‘They were a target for all the armed groups’
Social scientist Mery Rodríguez on the role of people with diverse gender identities or sexual orientations in Colombia’s peace process
Mother Courage
People with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations from Colombia describe their difficult journey towards peace.
Towards a green and blue recovery
A guest column by Gabriel Quijandría Acosta, Environment Minister of Peru
Chain reaction in a crisis
After a decade of gradual progress in Colombia, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated social and environmental conflict.
"It really paid off"
Verónica Nuñez the 24-year-old product designer from Peru completed a German-style course of dual training.
Pioneers from the jungle
A project in Ecuador proves that excellent coffee can be produced in harmony with nature.