News 2017

News 2017


Season’s greetings and a great start to 2018

To end the year: best wishes for the festive season and virtual sparklers.


From Freising to Kathmandu: How experts are exporting knowledge back home

International Migrants Day: The case of architect Apekshya Dhungel shows how migration is contributing to sustainable development.


‘The 2030 Agenda represents a paradigm shift in international cooperation’

8 December 2017 – Director General Dirk Aßmann explains how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is generating momentum in international cooperation.


India: National health insurance protects people from poverty

GIZ is advising India on developing one of the world’s largest health insurance systems


Nepal: Agriculture in dry riverbeds

Landless people in Nepal have increased their income significantly by growing crops in the soil of dried-up riverbeds.


GIZ signs accreditation agreement with the Green Climate Fund

Tanja Gönner, Chair of GIZ’s Management Board, and the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund signed the accreditation agreement during COP 23.


Support for climate migrants

In Bangladesh, climate change is forcing ever more people from their villages and into urban slums. They need infrastructure and jobs more than anything else.


Costa Rica: Reducing CO2 emissions from coffee production

Costa Rica aims to become the world’s first carbon-neutral country by 2021. A project to reduce emissions from coffee production will help it move one step closer to this goal.


Climate policy: „global enthusiasm“

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa talks about the progress on global climate efforts the role of international cooperation.


Tangible climate change mitigation measures to be presented at the Global Climate Conference in Bonn

GIZ works around the world to mitigate climate change and promote clean energy. It will discuss where opportunities lie at the Global Climate Conference in Bonn.


The latest issue of akzente turns the spotlight on renewables: good for the global climate

The new issue of the GIZ magazine akzente was published on 1 November – with background articles, opinions and facts and figures on the topic of renewables.


Ukraine: Improving transparency in public procurement

How a start-up in Ukraine is supporting the fight against corruption.


Supporting internally displaced people and host communities in Yemen

The ongoing civil war in Yemen has displaced many people within their own country. The population need reliable health services and drinking water supplies.


Adapting to climate change: a new start in Fiji

A growing number of houses in Fiji are under water. In cooperation with residents and ministries, relocation guidelines have now been developed that could serve as a model for the entire region.


Mali: working for peace and a stable democracy

In the wake of violent conflict, Mali is now working towards peace. A wide variety of reconciliation projects are helping along the way.


Energised: jobs with a future in Morocco

Young Moroccans are being trained at vocational centres to become energy technicians. This not only improves their career prospects – it also helps drive the country’s transition to clean energy.


A new look: the GIZ website has been redesigned

Modern menu navigation, more photos and multimedia elements. The new GIZ website has a clearer layout and is more user-friendly.


Tourism and wine exports – Boosting business in the Balkans

Many families in rural regions throughout the Balkans are benefiting from a new hiking trail and tri-border cooperation.


Costa Rica: Electricity from the barn

Costa Rica aims to be climate-neutral by 2021. An article in akzente magazine shows how a pig farm and a football stadium can help combat climate change.


Greece goes for green energy

Greece is reforming its energy sector with ambitious goals that will also boost environmental quality and curb climate change.


Making a fresh start back home: support for returnees

Advisory services and training courses enhance the job prospects of refugees and migrants returning to their homeland.


Improved healthcare for refugees in northern Iraq

Medical care for refugees and IDPs is improving thanks to new and expanded health centres in northern Iraq.


Water companies in Latin America are cutting greenhouse gas emissions

Energy-saving water purification methods in Peru and Mexico are protecting the climate and cutting costs.


A future for young people – more permanent job prospects in Tunisia

A drywall apprenticeship or a Star Wars tour guide: An employment fund is implementing a wide array of projects designed to improve job opportunities for Tunisia’s young people


Virtual university network: access to higher education for indigenous peoples in Latin America

More than 1,400 graduates from 19 countries have already participated in the e-learning courses offered by the Indigenous Intercultural University (IIU).


Triple Win: one-thousandth nurse starts work in Germany

While Germany has a shortage of qualified nurses, in some other countries there are not enough jobs for them. An effective programme offers a solution.


Nicaragua: a water turbine brings sustainable electricity and new life to the village of Ocote Tuma

Ten years ago, the people of Ocote Tuma started operating a hydropower plant. They have had electricity ever since – and their lives have changed completely.


Annual press conference: ‘Creating stability means creating prospects’

GIZ presents its Company Report in Berlin today. Crisis prevention and stabilisation are becoming ever more important in the company’s work.


Better learning environments for schoolchildren in Jordan

By the end of 2019, around 24,000 schoolchildren will benefit from modernised schools – including many children who have fled from Syria and Iraq.


Viruses know no borders – taking a global health perspective

Good health is essential for sustainable development. A flexible team of experts supports countries in stopping the spread of infectious diseases.


Cashew Initiative – a role model for development in Africa

More than 430,000 farmers are benefiting from higher incomes and yields. Around 22,000 new jobs in cashew processing have also been created.


Ethiopia: making space for education

This East African country has quadrupled its student population. All of the buildings were constructed efficiently and quickly.


Manager Training: building global business contacts and new skills

More than 11,000 managers from around the world have so far benefited from training in Germany.


Chad: improving the food supply for refugees and host communities

World Refugee Day: Weirs are helping to increase harvest yields and improve the food supply for refugees and local communities in Chad.


Malawi: boosting sustainability with solar lamps and energy-efficient stoves

Energy partnership promotes the use of energy-efficient cooking stoves and high-quality solar lamps.


Northern Iraq: clean drinking water for refugees

Refugees and host communities now have access to clean drinking water as wells and drinking water supply systems are built or upgraded.


AFRIKA KOMMT!: Young managers from Africa in German companies

The German private sector initiative has achieved a new record with nearly 6,000 applicants from 45 countries.


G20 partnership with Africa – dialogue at the highest level

In the run-up to the G20 Summit in Hamburg, a high-level international conference in Berlin highlights the importance of investment for Africa.


European Development Days: Investing in Development

This international forum in Brussels is all about good ideas for sustainable development and engaging the private sector as a partner.


The latest issue of akzente magazine turns the spotlight on Africa

The new issue of GIZ’s akzente magazine, entitled Africa – a continent in transition, is published today. In a guest article, German Development Minister Gerd Müller outlines his Marshall Plan with Africa.


China and Germany: working together to achieve sustainable development

The German-Chinese centre for sustainable development strengthens cooperation between the two countries. They are particularly keen to work together in Africa and Asia.


Working together to conserve biodiversity

Biodiversity conservation is an integral part of sustainable development, whether in project work or on our own front doorstep.


Advisory services for career opportunities in Tunisia

The German-Tunisian Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration in Tunis has been advising on employment and training opportunities since March 2017.


Indonesia: health insurance for all

Over two thirds of the Indonesian population are already members of the world's largest contribution-based statutory health insurance system.


The Amazon - Working together to protect forests and biodiversity

International Day of Biodiversity: in Peru, indigenous groups are working with state authorities to manage communal conservation areas, thereby preserving biodiversity.


Higher income for small farmers in Africa

Training to improve management and cultivation methods enables farmers to achieve better yields and higher incomes.


Harnessing digital technologies for international cooperation

re:publica in Berlin hosts discussion on how open standards and open data can help to promote sustainable development.


Cooperation with companies: business goals and development benefits

Gerd Fleischer, agricultural expert: companies can help increase the yields and incomes of smallholder farmers.


Displacement and Migration: ‘Africa should be a clear priority’

Why the continent plays a key role and the nature of the involvement of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH there – interview with Albert Engel, Director of the Africa Department.


Albania: Building a future at home thanks to vocational training

Modern curricula, a focus on job market demands and lots of practice: A vocational training school’s high quality teaching is carving out good career prospects for its students.


Drought in the Horn of Africa: Support for the Ethiopian population

Ethiopia is affected by severe drought. New rainwater storage techniques help the population to deal with dry spells better.


Nigeria: better rice harvests mean more food and higher income

Smallholder farmers in Nigeria are increasing their income with the help of an international rice initiative. Higher yields and better quality are making the country less dependent on expensive rice imports.


Sustainable cocoa from West Africa

More and more confectionery in Germany is made from sustainably produced cocoa – a trend that augurs well for cocoa farmers and their families.


Better health care

Citizens in Nepal are benefiting from recently introduced health insurance. German support has helped the country fill a healthcare gap.


Improved living conditions worldwide

Our work is successful: that is evident from our own internal assessments – but also from independent appraisal reports.


Satellite data secure rice farmers’ income in Southeast Asia

Satellites supply data about the condition of approximately 15 million hectares of land under rice cultivation. Insured famers can access compensation quickly in the event of crop losses.


Clean drinking water for Zanzibar

20.03.2017 – World Water Day: Three medium-sized German companies are making sustainable improvements to the drinking water supply on this East African island.


Foundation stone laid at GIZ campus in Bonn

14.02.2017 – Investment of EUR 158 million – Construction of new building with workspace for 850 staff


Northern Iraq: Federal Minister Müller opens training centre at refugee camp

The centre provides refugees with training measures in manufacturing jobs such as joiner, plumber and electrician.


Green Week 2017. Fair living conditions, fair consumers, fair trade

Until 29 January, a special exhibition by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) showcases how a world without hunger is possible with fair trade and innovation.


Mali: 'We have achieved a lot'

Jürgen Koch, GIZ Country Director in Mali, talks about the challenges of working in the field. Many projects are being successfully implemented despite the tense security situation.


GIZ in Germany is climate neutral

For the first time, the greenhouse gas emissions of the company’s operations in Germany have been offset through a GIZ self-initiated climate change mitigation project.


Jordan: Refugees are learning to be plumbers

04.01.2017 – Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled to Jordan. A report from the magazine akzente describes how they are finding new prospects.

Tunisia: Opportunities for a fresh start and prospects for remaining

03.03.2017 – Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller today opened the German-Tunisian Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration in Tunis.

Online dictionary is improving training of Arab technicians and engineers

25.01.2017 – Free of charge, ARABTERM is the first dictionary to offer standardised Arab translations for 500,000 technical terms.

Agenda 2030: a compass for development

01.03.2017 – The new issue of GIZ’s akzente magazine is out now. The cover story explores Agenda 2030 and why we should stick with it – even in times of crisis.

Sound advice – Information points highlight job opportunities in Western Balkans

13.02.2017 – German Information Points for Migration, Vocational Training and Careers Advice (DIMAK) advise young people on work and training opportunities.

‘Deutschlands neue Verantwortung’ (Germany’s new responsibility)

03.03.2017 – A new publication brings together a wide spectrum of views on Germany’s role as a global actor, including in international cooperation.

Migration and security: decision-makers dialogue at the Munich Security Conference

16.02.2017 – ‘Migration and Security. Challenges in Africa and Beyond’ – Dialogue focuses on challenges within Africa, those facing Europe and the options for international cooperation.

Tunisia: Training and jobs open up opportunities

01.02.2017 – Training centres and start-up competitions open up new professional opportunities for young people in their home countries.

Successful female entrepreneurs in Yemen

06.03.2017 – 8 March is International Women’s Day. Gender equality is the key to sustainable development – even in crisis regions such as Yemen.

Drones are improving water management in Thailand

08.02.2017 – 3D models have been deployed since 2013 to facilitate the effective implementation of protective measures for rivers and water reservoirs. Drones supply data for this.

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