News 2019

News 2019


Ukraine: A new home in their own country

The conflict in Eastern Ukraine has caused 1.5 million people to leave their homes and move further west. They are now rebuilding their lives with support from their fellow citizens.


Mauritania: secure surfing to safeguard human rights

Online surveillance and censorship are a daily reality in many countries. An example from Mauritania illustrates how human rights defenders and media workers are learning to protect themselves as they navigate the digital world.


Human security: how can stability and development be achieved in uncertain times?

The latest issue of GIZ’s akzente magazine explores ideas and concepts of human security and provides an insight into practical work in this field.


Crime in the Western Balkans: cross-border policing and judiciary work

Investigations carried out by cross-border teams, good cooperation and an uncomplicated exchange of information are making it easier to fight organised crime.


Diversity pays off

GIZ wants to embed diversity more systematically in its corporate culture. By signing the German Diversity Charter, the company aims to ensure it reflects all dimensions of diversity.


Algeria: Natural cosmetics sourced from protected areas and produced by women

Environmental protection and successful economic development are not mutually exclusive – as evidenced by a project supporting women who produce cosmetic oils in Algeria’s nature reserves.


Guatemala: speaking out for human rights and against violence

20 years of the Civil Peace Service (CPS): in Guatemala, the CPS is helping indigenous women protect themselves against sexual assault.


Goliath chickens in Benin: creating new jobs in rural Africa

Rural Africa’s economy is slow-moving. Yet there is no shortage of entrepreneurial spirit. Local coaches are tapping into this – resulting in thousands of new jobs.


Kyrgyzstan: new skills to use back home

A total of 77,700 people returned to Kyrgyzstan from abroad in 2017. They bring with them a host of skills and keen to put them to good use at home.


New member of the GIZ Management Board

Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel: ‘Really looking forward to my new role.’


Helping the climate: joining forces for sustainable rice

Joining forces can stem climate change in agriculture. An alliance for sustainable rice shows how this can work – and farmers benefit too.


Creating arable land behind weirs in Ethiopia

Climate change, droughts and floods make arable farming virtually impossible in the Ethiopian lowlands. Weirs are used to collect the precious water and store it in the soil.


Kenya: Waste recycling experts

In Nairobi, huge quantities of waste are endangering residents' health and their natural environment. With German support, one company is now recycling the waste it collects.


Throwaway lifestyles – the global waste crisis and its impact

Microplastic, single-use bags, electronic waste – the latest issue of GIZ’s akzente magazine puts waste in the spotlight.


World Water Week: India revives traditional methods to tackle water scarcity

Local people living alongside the River Champavathi have helped to restore old water reservoirs to protect their crops in times of drought and flooding. As a new digital tool developed by GIZ shows, however, water is becoming increasingly scarce all over the world.


Mexico and El Salvador: Energy expertise made in Germany

Making the most of wind and solar power is possible thanks to accurate weather forecasts. A German company is providing the expertise required.


Blockchain technology: New solutions for sustainable development

This new way of storing data could prove highly beneficial to international cooperation. The Blockchain Lab pursues practical applications.


Learning in nature, green building and sustainable action

Green building – GIZ’s Campus Kottenforst in Bonn wins award for its sustainable construction methods.


Searching for Mexico’s disappeared

Mexico is in the midst of a security and justice crisis, with thousands of people forcibly disappeared and many others seemingly immune from prosecution, even for the most serious crimes. International partners are supporting efforts to find and identify victims.


Rwanda: into the future with modern training and job placement

Rwanda wants to create a diverse and modern economy. Targeted support for companies and practical training are creating new and better jobs.


Voting advice application and public procurement platforms create digital transparency

Ukraine’s upcoming parliamentary elections will see the country using a digital voting advice application for the first time. In addition, a modern public procurement system is providing transparency.


Free trade for Africa’s economy

More than 50 countries have signed a free trade agreement drafted by the African Union that could pave the way for sustainable growth on the continent.


Training in Central America using technology from Chemnitz

In countries such as Costa Rica and El Salvador, well-thought out business initiatives by the private sector are helping young people to identify career prospects in their own country.


Global action for climate change mitigation

Annual report 2018: GIZ’s business volume up 17 per cent - A third of the company’s work relates to the climate


Turkey: schools and sports are forging bonds between Syrians and local people

World Refugee Day: The Syrian and Turkish youth are getting to know each other better in host regions in Turkey thanks to joint school and recreational activities.


Support for the relatives

Money transfers from family members abroad are an important economic factor in developing countries. Digital solutions now reduce the costs and make the transfers easier.


Clean clothes

With support from GIZ, Lidl has implemented environmental management at textile factories in Asia. As a result, 80 suppliers in China and Bangladesh now use cleaner and safer production methods.


New sectors, new opportunities: women are conquering the tech sector

Women still make up only a small minority of those working in the tech sector. In Ghana and Rwanda, though, they are learning to program apps and software and taking up jobs in the digital economy.


From drawing board to market entry: ideas from the Innovation Fund

The final of GIZ’s second innovation competition is about to take place. The winners from the first round are one step further and already celebrating their initial results.


More energy, more climate change mitigation: India backs solar power

India’s energy needs are increasing. In order to make power supplies more reliable, greener and cheaper, the government is expanding the solar energy sector.


Jobs instead of migration: Young people in Cameroon

Many young people in Cameroon do not see a future for themselves in their own country. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way. One local programme is designed to boost employment and encourage peaceful coexistence. To date, it has created over 3,000 jobs.


Valuable waste: recycling in a Jordanian refugee camp

A recycling centre in a refugee camp provides meaningful employment for residents. And makes the camp cleaner.


Sri Lanka: Looking back and to the future

Ten years after the end of the civil war, coming to terms with events and the reconciliation process remain key issues. A touring exhibition has now been launched to help explain the past.


Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel is the new third Managing Director at GIZ

Schäfer-Gümbel additionally takes over the position as Labour Relations Director. He will take up his position on 1 October 2019.


Prospects for Cambodia’s poorest

‘Leave no one behind’ is one of the principles underpinning the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. What this means in practice is illustrated by an example from Cambodia.


More jobs, better prospects: opportunities for refugees and the local population

People fleeing from Syria and the local population in the host regions in Turkey lack work opportunities and income. Jobs initiatives combine training and practical work.


Solar energy in Tunisia: vocational training for experts

A new education and vocational training programme is improving labour market opportunities and paving the way for the use of renewable energy.


China: perspectives of a world power

The new issue of the GIZ magazine akzente explores China’s role in the world and offers new insights into the Middle Kingdom.


International Women’s Day: women behind the wheel in Ghana

Charlotte Bayn is one of the first women to drive a bus in her home country, Ghana. And now transport in Accra is quicker, safer and more sustainable.


Digital tools improve transparency

In Indonesia, digital tools give people better access to information about public services, help identify problems and reduce corruption.


Dialogue on African Security at the Munich Security Conference

Inter-country cooperation and peacekeeping are crucial for sustainable development. The Munich Security Conference is a forum for stakeholders.


From Germany to Tanzania: working for the world’s future

International cooperation is an area that offers attractive employment opportunities, including in the financial sector.


Fruit and vegetables in Ghana: better quality boosts income

Sustainable cultivation and access to new markets: farmers in Ghana benefit from training.


Opportunities for young people: more jobs, better jobs

Around 38,000 people in North Africa have so far benefited from measures to help them set up their own business or find a job and to create fair working conditions.


International Green Week 2019: fair products for better prospects

Producing fairly, but how? A special display at International Green Week put on by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development provides insight into sustainable supply chains.


More responsibility, higher expectations

Germany has begun a two-year term on the United Nations Security Council. GIZ’s study on ‘Germany in the Eyes of the World’ shows the expectations that the world has of the country as an international player.

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