News 2018

News 2018


Working together for greater sustainability in cocoa production

Christmas time is chocolate time. An initiative bringing together politicians, the private sector and civil society is campaigning to make the cocoa industry sustainable.


Sustainable economy: green growth in Viet Nam

Viet Nam’s Government has set itself the goal of making its economic growth sustainable. Working towards the 2030 Agenda, it is linking economic, environmental and social development.


Cancer research in Belgrade and Heidelberg: experts are transferring knowledge to their home countries

International Migrants Day: medical professional Stefan Stefanovic lives and works in Heidelberg and is committed to advancing research in his home country of Serbia.


Peacebuilding in northern Iraq

As Yazidi Nadia Murad receives the Nobel Peace Prize, in northern Iraq conflict training is improving understanding among different ethnic and faith communities.


We mourn the loss of a colleague in Niger

On Saturday, a GIZ staff member was killed in a vehicle ambush in Niger. The exact circumstances of the incident remain unclear.


Seas littered with plastic waste: short-term action, long-term thinking.

Around the world, plastic waste is polluting seas, creating a global problem. Arno Tomowski, GIZ’s Head of Business Ventures, calls for international cooperation on new solutions.


New issue of ‘akzente’ focuses on women: Gender. Power. Politics.

Women: Gender. Power. Politics – the new issue of the GIZ magazine akzente provides opinions, facts and background information.


India is using soil protection practices to fight climate change

Well-protected soils are producing high yields in India and rich harvests are providing more food for families. Land productivity is being sustainably improved and is safeguarding the livelihoods of the 80,000 smallholders involved.


Protecting farmers – insurance against climate damage

Drought and severe weather destroy harvests. In Zambia and Peru, climate risk insurance policies offer farmers affordable cover and swift assistance.


Three-wheeled utility vehicles, biogas and soap: new ideas to improve coexistence

An international ideas competition has sought – and found – solutions to improve business between refugees and host communities.


Sustainable and high-yield: organic cotton from Tanzania

With the support of GIZ, more and more farmers in Tanzania are turning to organic cotton farming, which enables them to increase their yields and protect the environment.


Training and reconciliation – New prospects for young people in Sri Lanka

Hands-on vocational training is improving the employment prospects of many young people in the country. At the same time, it promotes dialogue and reconciliation between those on opposing sides in the former civil war.


Improved access to health care in East Congo

Improvements in the health system mean that more and more people can be treated rapidly and effectively in the South Kivu region.


Manager Training Programme: 20 years of capacity building and business contacts

More than 13,000 managers have taken part in further training, generating benefits for German and foreign companies alike.


Building peace through culture: joint projects to foster mutual understanding

In Rwanda, GIZ supports peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities through cultural and educational activities. Examples include photography workshops, a newspaper created by refugees and training courses on conflict resolution.


Wine from Georgia: Winemaker apprenticeship boosts economic growth

Georgia is not only showcasing its good literature at the Frankfurt Book Fair but its good wines too. We are assisting the Georgian wine sector by promoting dual vocational training courses.


Pharmacy of the Future is in South Africa

Medicine from pharmacy dispensing units (PDUs): Chronically ill patients in South Africa can get their medication quickly, simply and without stigmatisation.


International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre celebrates its first anniversary

The international centre promotes the development of sustainable chemistry in the interests of people, the environment and economic development.


Breaking new ground in the quest for innovative solutions

GIZ is launching an international competition to identify ways of stepping up economic interaction between migrants/refugees and host communities.


Tender procedures online: GIZ launches e-tender platform

Bidding, advising or delivering: companies can now, take part in GIZ’s tender procedures completely online. This saves time and money – and protects the environment.


Working their way up: young Moroccans are receiving training in the German hotel and hospitality industry

Young Moroccans are completing a dual apprenticeship in Germany, laying the foundation for a future career in the hospitality industry.


The 2030 Agenda: a universal compass for a sustainable future

In Mexico, the people can decide how the sustainability strategy is implemented. The country benefits from Germany’s implementation experience.


Farming effectively despite heat and drought

GIZ advises farmers in Ethiopia on how to adapt to drought and climate change. 120,000 are already benefiting.


Job prospects in Northern Iraq for refugees and in host communities

Welders, plumbers, computer programmers – around 8,000 refugees, internally displaced persons and locals will have better labour market opportunities by the end of 2018.


How the right advice and information can lead to employment

Migration advisory centres provide information on work and training opportunities at home and in Germany. Training and further education have resulted in over 85,000 new prospects. 3,500 people have found jobs.


Comparing fees for global money transfers

The independent comparison portal allows users to compare the costs of transferring money abroad at a glance.


ʻShaping futures through employment’: a focus on job prospects in Africa

Annual press conference: GIZ’s business volume increased by around seven per cent in 2017


UN Climate Change Secretariat and GIZ step up cooperation on global climate change mitigation

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Chair of the GIZ Management Board Tanja Gönner sign Memorandum of Understanding in Bonn.


Preuß to move to the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

The search for his successor is under way


A paradise for renewable energy

Chile is transforming itself from a coal and gas consumer into a producer of solar power and helping to mitigate climate change.


Improving living conditions for people in Kakuma

On World Refugee Day: In the second largest refugee camp in Kenya, farmers are coming together to produce vegetables – and the surrounding communities are benefiting too.


Paying by smartphone: digital change in Jordan

Depositing cash or paying bills: in Jordan, this is possible via app – and at the hairdresser. In particular, this helps the refugees living in the country and the (often poor) Jordanians without a bank account.


We have to – and want to – talk: More sustainability through dialogue

What do policy-makers, entrepreneurs and civil society expect of GIZ in terms of its corporate sustainability management? The second Stakeholders’ Day held yesterday in Berlin explored this question in-depth.


Responsibility: Germany's role in the world

The latest issue of GIZ’s akzente magazine is now available. The lead topic, ‘Responsibility’, explores Germany’s role in the world from various perspectives.


Topping-out ceremony for Campus building in Bonn

Together with the neighbouring Meander Building, the new office building will form the GIZ Campus, uniting all the staff in one single location.


European Development Days (EDD) 2018: gender equality and non-violent coexistence

In Brussels on 5 and 6 June, the focus will be on how women and girls can be empowered and strengthened to achieve sustainable development.


School meals and employment promotion programmes: prospects for people living in extreme poverty

‘Leaving no one behind’ is one of the principles of the 2030 Agenda. Disadvantaged groups benefit the most – more than two million schoolchildren in Malawi, for example.


Benefiting from better controls: higher standards for evaluations

Evaluations help us to achieve lasting improvements in our work. At the same time, they generate transparency for commissioning parties, clients and the general public.


Conservation goes hand in hand with rising income in the Philippines

International Day for Biological Diversity: On the island of Panay the local people and the authorities are working together to protect the rainforest and improve living conditions.


International nurses help to improve health care provision in Germany

Qualified professionals from abroad are offered career prospects and nurse shortages are reduced at the same time.


Peace in Mali

Even in fragile states, international cooperation can achieve success.


Blockchain technology simplifies land registration in the South Caucasus

What opportunities do new digital technologies offer for global sustainable development? This and other topics will be discussed next week at the re:publica conference on digital culture.


Better working conditions in Bangladesh

Five years on from the Rana Plaza disaster: more than 1,000 factories have improved their working conditions, and the Textiles Partnership is monitoring the entire supply chain.


State Secretary Jäger appointed new Chair of the GIZ Supervisory Board

Appointment takes effect on 13 April 2018


Migration advice centre in Senegal successfully up and running

Since the end of January, over 550 people have obtained information from the centre in Dakar about job openings, training courses and opportunities for migrating to Germany.


Green Climate Fund finances climate adaptation in Grenada

The first project proposed by GIZ has been approved. More than 100,000 people are to benefit from a more reliable water supply.


A healthy balance: Liberia encourages women to aim high

Gender equality plays a key role in one of GIZ’s health projects in West Africa – as it does within the company as a whole. This is borne out by the new Global Health 50/50 Report.


‘Anti-Semitic statements unacceptable’

GIZ employees have commented on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Facebook posts. GIZ is investigating each case in detail.


‘We do not tolerate any form of sexual harassment’

GIZ takes a tough stance against sexual assault and operates a comprehensive, anonymous whistleblowing system to protect victims and complainants, and to follow up all reports rigorously.


Study: Demands on Germany greater than ever

154 interviews in 24 countries put the spotlight on how Germany is perceived around the world: the third Germany study was published today.


Clean drinking water for 1.28 million people

On World Water Day: 38 municipalities in Mali benefit from significantly improved drinking water supply.


Eastern Ukraine: Creating prospects for internally displaced persons

Roughly 1.5 million people in Ukraine are internally displaced in their own country. Host communities and towns are being supported in their efforts to integrate internally displaced persons.


AFRIKA KOMMT! – 10 years of successful bridge-building

International Women’s Day: a former participant in the AFRIKA KOMMT! programme has built a highly successful wastewater treatment business


Tourism for a better future

Sustainable tourism in Morocco generates income and employment for the rural population.


Campus Kottenforst opens

In Bonn-Roettgen, GIZ trains experts in global sustainable development.


Lassa fever in Benin – German team provides help on the ground

Medical experts that can be mobilised quickly are helping people to spot infectious diseases early and introduce immediate countermeasures.


New issue of akzente: ‘Digitalisation: Driving development’

01.03.2018 – The new issue of akzente, the GIZ magazine, is out today, providing background information, opinions and facts on digitalisation.


Teamwork: Sport for Development benefits Syrian refugees and local communities

Special coaching sessions are giving young people in Jordan the chance to learn not only sporting skills, but also how to support one another and resolve conflicts peacefully.


Digital principles for sustainable development signed

GIZ has signed the Principles for Digital Development. The objective: using digital technology effectively in development work, for example, to support farmers in India.


Knowing what works

Good marks for GIZ in the current evaluation report.


Development in fragile states

When working in regions affected by conflict, the demands are high – long-term reform processes and reliable partnerships are particularly valuable.


Ethiopia boosts access to electricity and renewable energy

Despite Ethiopia’s abundance of renewable energy, only a small proportion of its population has an electricity supply. However, this proportion is growing.


Agricultural insurance policies for farmers in Peru

In Peru, assistance is being provided to develop and expand agricultural insurance. Farmers can obtain cover for crop failures caused by extreme weather events.


Cornelia Richter takes up new post at United Nations agency

From 1 February 2018, GIZ Managing Director Cornelia Richter is taking up a new post as Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome.


Green Week 2018: A world without hunger is possible

Cotton, cocoa, mango: the German Development Ministry’s special exhibition shows how fair trade products are improving livelihoods all over the world.


Sub-Saharan Africa: More training, more jobs, more income

A broad alliance of governments, companies and civil society actors in Africa and beyond is bringing new economic power to the people.

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