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Strengthening democracy and promoting human rights are central objectives of Germany’s development policy. GIZ helps its partners to establish democratic systems and network all civil society actors. Together we find solutions to political, economic and societal challenges.

Lives or livelihoods
The coronavirus crisis poses new and unprecedented challenges for every country, in particular developing nations.
Education at the core of EU-Africa Partnership
A guest column by Patrick Awuah, Founder and President of Ashesi University in Ghana
A renewed EU-Africa partnership fit to the global context
A guest column by Sandra Kramer, Director EU-AU relations, West and East Africa (DEVCO.D)
Strong voices for Europe
The economy, security, health and development: we asked experts on Europe for their views on the key topics shaping Germany’s presidency of the EU Council.
‘Mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic’
Economist Siegfried Leffler has been Director of the GIZ Representation in Brussels since 2016. He manages GIZ’s cooperation activities with the institutions of the EU, primarily with the European Commission.
Wanted and threatened
People around the globe yearn for democracy – at least when it offers more than elections. Stefano Palestini explains why the Chilean example is a case in point.
Pooling forces for change
People are calling for political and economic participation. GIZ takes a holistic approach to fostering democratic principles and endeavours to involve pro-reform forces.
How do things stand?
Opinions, feelings and hypotheses about the state of democracy abound. A look at the world of facts and figures helps to put things in perspective.
Hidden Champions
There are many individuals and initiatives that have made invaluable contributions in the pursuit of civil rights and liberties. We have put together some
‘It’s a matter of equality’
In democracies, towns and local authorities should be given more powers, says social scientist Shandana Khan Mohmand from the University of Sussex.
Living after the disaster
In April 2013, the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people.
Breaking new ground together
They challenge stereotypes and are role models: female members of Jordan’s regional councils in action.