News 2020

Meldungen 2020


Two continents, one platform: working together to create new jobs in Africa

The African diaspora in Germany are providing specific support to promote business ideas in their countries of origin. Cameroon is a good example of what this means in practice.


From crisis to opportunity: digital start-ups for African agriculture

Farmers face substantial losses as a result of the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But support is at hand from young companies with fresh ideas.


Five years of the Paris Agreement: putting plans into action

To achieve climate targets and respond to climate change, GIZ is taking action worldwide and bringing together a wide array of partners.


On the money trail

GIZ supports developing countries around the world in combating illicit financial flows. An example from Kenya shows how this can work successfully.


Crisis-proof: technical vocational training for Viet Nam

The coronavirus crisis has cost many people in Viet Nam their jobs, particularly in the tourism sector. Retraining measures can help them find their way back into the labour market.


Coronavirus: Living with COVID-19 around the world

Is the coronavirus pandemic a trigger for change? In the latest issue of the GIZ magazine akzente, we look at how the crisis is affecting developing countries and emerging economies.


Nepal: green electricity in the Himalayas

Rural areas of Nepal are affected by a poorly developed electricity grid. The simplest and most sustainable solution: generating power from water and sunlight.


Lebanon: Rapid support after the explosion in Beirut

In the wake of the huge explosion that hit Beirut in August, emergency assistance was crucial. The German Federal Government is relying on GIZ, among others, to implement it rapidly.


Helping young refugees get started

A GIZ guidance programme helps young refugees learn about the world of work in Germany. Many use the opportunity as a springboard into employment.


‘Technology with huge potential’

Chile’s energy transition is in full swing. In this interview, GIZ Project Manager Rainer Schröer explains the success factors and talks about his work on green hydrogen.


A scenario of the future – cities have a key role to play in climate change

Cities are facing major challenges – two thirds of all people worldwide will live in cities in 2050. Creative solutions for industry, society and the environment are required.


Ethiopian forest coffee: from average product to premium brand

Coffee from the forests of Ethiopia still finds few buyers on the international market. Better quality standards and marketing are aiming to change that.


Radio in Africa: keeping people informed in times of crisis

People working in agriculture need to protect themselves effectively against coronavirus infection. They can hear about how to do so on the radio.


Bulletin: rapid and local solutions for the coronavirus pandemic

To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, GIZ is developing new ideas and refocusing existing projects. It is taking a wide variety of approaches.


Mobilising cities to change transport

Innovative transport systems in cities reduce emissions in the transport and traffic sectors. A new GIZ study underscores the importance of such global measures to meet climate goals.


Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven joins GIZ Management Board

‘I am delighted that I can contribute to shaping GIZ’s future.’


The courage to change course

The coronavirus crisis is laying the groundwork for a social and environmental market economy that enables us to mitigate climate change and strengthen the economy. A commentary by Tanja Gönner, Chair of the GIZ Management Board.


Sustainable rubber: full traceability – from the tree to the tyre

Development partnership with Continental supports sustainable rubber cultivation in Indonesia thanks to a digital tracing system and improved cultivation methods.


Textile workers in South-East Asia: awareness protects against infection

Textile workers in Myanmar and Cambodia are at particular risk from the coronavirus. Comprehensive awareness campaigns help to increase protection against the pandemic.


Clean Air for blue skies

The UN has declared 7 September the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. GIZ is helping to organise the campaign and is involved in work to tackle air pollution all over the world – in Viet Nam and South Africa, for example.


Get well soon: students from Senegal develop talking robot nurses

Young entrepreneurs from Senegal are helping to combat COVID-19 with a robot that distributes food and medicine in hospitals.


Every drop counts: Water in times of climate change

Record temperatures and extreme droughts are causing water shortages the world over. GIZ is working to ensure that available water resources are used in a more targeted manner. Like at Lake Chad, for example.


Working together for refugees: immediate assistance, lasting effects

World Humanitarian Day: The United Nations and GIZ work together to support displaced people and ensure that short-term assistance leads to long-term effects.


Mask production and fashion collections – Zanzibar’s path through the crisis

The global travel restrictions are hitting Zanzibar’s tourism industry hard, but local businesses can still survive thanks to creative solutions.


Jordan: Matchmaking in the job market

Private-public cooperation in Jordan increases the skills and competences of graduates from vocational schools and makes them fit for local needs.


Cities: laboratory of the future

Dreams and designs: cities are a unique juxtaposition of chaos and opportunity, as the new issue of the GIZ magazine akzente shows.


International cooperation for sustainable chemistry

The chemical sector produces many innovative solutions. An international centre is working to ensure that these solutions also benefit people and the environment.


‘Looking for what makes the difference’

The GIZ Data Lab analyses statistical outliers in data sets to find innovative solutions – a model that promises to provide insight into the COVID-19 pandemic too.


Shaping the future innovatively

How is GIZ configuring its Sustainability Programme from 2021? The third Stakeholder Day focused on the priority themes for the coming years.


When taxi rides are a source of inspiration: working as a TVET expert in Mongolia

Beate Dippmar is already on her third foreign assignment for GIZ. Her mission: to improve young people’s career opportunities.


Solar energy in Africa: green electricity powers pandemic response and recovery efforts

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, solar power contributes to providing a stable supply of energy for hospitals and paves the way for the ‘green recovery’.


Reliable and forward-looking: GIZ provides effective support in the Corona crisis

Annual press conference: Business volume rises to EUR 3.1 billion in 2019


Bulletin in Jnue 2020: rapid and local solutions for the coronavirus pandemic

To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, GIZ is developing new ideas and refocusing existing projects. It is taking a wide variety of approaches.


Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven is GIZ’s new managing director

The development expert will start work on 1 October 2020.


Cambodia: Getting help quickly to the very poorest

The coronavirus pandemic is threatening to exacerbate poverty in Cambodia. However, thanks to a database, people are now receiving support quickly.


SEEG: Addressing COVID-19 with Berlin’s Charité hospital

Experts from Berlin’s Charité hospital and SEEG are supporting Latin American countries in tackling the coronavirus. Their assistance is in higher demand than ever.


COVID-19 in refugee camps: overcoming the crisis through self-help

Refugees are suffering particularly badly under the pandemic. In Kenya, their skills are helping to alleviate its effects.


Training amid the coronavirus pandemic – from a film studio to e-learning

Across the globe, COVID-19 has forced schools to close and created challenges for education systems. But new forms of learning are allowing trainees in Armenia and Serbia to stay on course.


Containers against coronavirus: mobile healthcare in Tunisia

A Tunisian team is converting shipping containers into mobile health centres to take healthcare out to remote regions.


Masks for Darfur: co-production in Sudan to tackle the pandemic

In structurally weak regions, like Darfur in western Sudan, COVID-19 is a threat to the already struggling economy. Local craftspeople are now receiving support from the capital.


Bulletin in May 2020: rapid and local solutions for the coronavirus pandemic

To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, GIZ is developing new ideas and refocusing existing projects. It is taking a wide variety of approaches.


Decentralisation in Ukraine: navigating the pandemic digitally

In Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic has coincided with the process of municipal reform. Despite challenges, the move towards local self-government is continuing.


Clean water for Jordan: a stable water supply even in the coronavirus pandemic

Water is an essential resource for life. Food, health, hygiene and industrial production all depend on water - even more so amid the pandemic.


Climate protection despite corona: city administrations work virtually

An initiative for climate protection in cities ensures that authorities can operate from home and that urgent climate projects do not fall by the wayside.


Bulletin in April 2020: rapid and local solutions for the coronavirus pandemic

To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, GIZ is developing new ideas and refocusing existing projects. It is taking a wide variety of approaches.


Rapid assistance during the pandemic: ‘We’re working flat out’

Ebola, the Zika virus and now Covid-19: the Epidemic Preparedness Team assists countries during epidemics – and is more in demand than ever.


More data, better hygiene: Nepal’s hospitals are gearing up to face the pandemic

Hospitals worldwide are straining to cope with COVID-19. Nepal’s hospitals have taken steps that will improve care in the short and in the long term.


Moldova: from protective covers for cars to protective suits for medical staff

The coronavirus is posing enormous economic challenges, including in Moldova. Companies are using new solutions to produce protective clothing for medical staff.


One year after the attacks: healing wounds and breaking down barriers in Sri Lanka

The 2019 Easter attacks reawakened fears of violence that this island nation thought had been consigned to its history. An initiative to help people come to terms with the civil war in a peaceful way is working to counteract this and is bringing different groups together.


West Africa: a systematic response to coronavirus

Recording new infections is vital to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The authorities in Nigeria and Ghana are therefore adapting the systems they already have in place.


Dial in for Info: How a telephone quiz can help us restrict the spread of coronavirus

Using simple technology in a clever way to protect people from pandemics: a team with GIZ colleagues is among the winners at the world’s biggest hackathon.


Using artificial intelligence to fight coronavirus: Tunisia responds to the pandemic

Swift action is needed to tackle coronavirus. In Tunisia, too, digital experts are working hard to find solutions. And these are already being used around the world.


Democracy: a model of success in crisis?

The latest issue of GIZ’s akzente magazine shows what people expect from democracy and how deficits can be overcome.


Globetrotting master craftspeople: knowledge transfer, 3D printing and start-ups in Rwanda

After completing the International Master Craftsperson training course, German experts share their know-how with the rest of the world.


Climate and Environmental Report: sustainable mobility is crucial

On the road to climate neutrality in 2020: business trips are the biggest contributing factor to greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore offer the greatest potential for savings.


Women on the move: female perspectives enhance safety in public spaces

An initiative is providing new impetus in the transport sector to make travel better and safer for women in particular. In Bogotá, new ideas are already improving safety in public spaces.


Idea from a project lab: Zambians can pay their taxes by mobile phone in future

Every year, valuable tax revenue is lost in Zambia because many smaller companies do not pay taxes. A mobile solution now offers a simple way of submitting tax returns.


Ghana: new jobs and better wages thanks to fair clothing

The textile industry is becoming increasingly important to Ghana. With the support of international companies, businesses are increasing production while promoting fair working conditions.


Sustainable development with security

International cooperation improves security in unstable regions. The Munich Security Conference is an important forum for dialogue with international actors committed to peace and security.


Green urban development: Gamification in Mexico

Climate change and digital transformation are important issues in modern urban development. The Internet of Trees in Mexico is showing how to use digital solutions to involve people in the development process and make cities greener.


Qalamoun in colour: neighbourhood rehabilitation in Tripoli

In Lebanon, locals and Syrian refugees live together in difficult circumstances. They are settling together in their neighbourhood and are reducing mutual prejudices.


Job creation, health care and public involvement in decision-making

Delivering rapid and tangible improvements in Libya while paving the way for long-term stabilisation.


International Green Week 2020: Climate-friendly solutions for sustainable development

Under the motto ‘Sustainability connects us all worldwide’, GIZ will be showcasing projects for sustainable growth in Berlin that are good for people and kind to the environment.


Peace and security: doomsday scenario or optimistic mood?

The world appears to experience a new crisis every day. But is the planet really on the brink of destruction or is this just a perception? State Secretary Martin Jäger explores this question in akzente magazine.

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