In a globalised world, diseases can quickly become a global problem. How can international cooperation contribute to health worldwide? A conversation with doctor and GIZ health expert, Paul Rückert.
With digital formats, public administrations can directly involve their citizens in local issues. In the Palestinian territories, this is how people shape their environment.
Machismo, homophobia, overt violence: Discrimination against minorities is a big problem in Mexico too. How do you create a working environment in which everyone feels safe? Myriam Arroyo, HR coordinator for GIZ in Mexico has some answers.
Embracing diversity, not marginalising or discriminating against anyone – this should go without saying in any job. However, this is not always the case. In an interview, Managing Director and GIZ Labour Relations Director Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel explains why diversity is an integral part of our success.
GIZ is committed to sustainable development. Its worldwide commitment to a future worth living goes far beyond project work: four GIZ staff members talk about what they’re doing for a future worth living – also after work.
Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s biggest producer of cocoa. To secure a fair wage for cocoa farmers, numerous organisations have joined forces to promote greater sustainability.
Digitalisation poses complex challenges for international cooperation. Dirk Aßmann, Director General of GIZ’s Sectoral Department, talks in this interview about the related challenges, opportunities and solutions.
For the Incas, Machu Picchu was a place of spirituality. A few years ago, a rethink was needed to get the mountains of trash at the popular tourist site under control.
In cooperation with Volkswagen and partners in Africa, GIZ is supporting research and development to pilot the first e-tractor in Africa.
Over 700,000 unknown viruses in wildlife have the potential to jump to humans as ‘zoonoses’. Veterinarian Hannah Emde explains the process and how we can prevent it.
GIZ’s BACKUP Initiative is supporting African countries in providing education for all. And it’s breaking new ground. It’s an initiative that is more important than ever since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nairobi’s growing population is pushing the transport system to its limits. New ideas for solutions are coming from local start-ups.
On Sunday, the international climate negotiations will be beginning in Glasgow. GIZ is taking on the challenging task of making the goals of the Paris Agreement a reality.
On the road to climate protection, there is no way around transportation. An article by GIZ Managing Director Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven.
Wafa’a and Omar are forced to leave their homes in Iraq: she escapes the threat of IS, he hopes for a better life in Germany. When they return years later, they have no prospects. Then they go on a training course – which changes everything.
The company has offset all its own greenhouse gas emissions worldwide for the first time. It has ambitious targets for the coming years, too.
Despite the COVID-19 crisis, medical professionals can access training courses and thus help to improve health care for young women, pregnant women and mothers.
A sustainable approach to urban planning that takes account of locals’ views is improving quality of life and coexistence in Ukrainian towns and cities.
Training opens up career opportunities in the Turkish IT sector for young jobseekers from Turkey and Syria.
Creative solutions to encourage more people to get vaccinated: mobile teams are raising awareness of protective measures and vaccination against COVID-19.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and GIZ step up their cooperation to a next level. The goal is ambitious: to make a contribution to a climate-neutral energy sector by 2050.
Misinformation about COVID-19 is a global problem. Now a project is using basic mobile phones to provide reliable information.
Opportunities and challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa. Three questions for Martin Weiß, GIZ Country Director in South Africa/Lesotho.
Preserving biodiversity is vital for humans, animals and the environment. GIZ works worldwide with partners like IUCN to protect ecosystems.
Jacqueline Kabissa is competing in the shot put at the Paralympic Games. A sports project for people with disabilities has been supporting her along the way.
GIZ is doing everything in its power to get Afghan employees and their families to safety
GIZ is working intensely to get staff from Afghanistan and their families to safety.
Specialist in Islamic studies, journalist and now project manager in Pakistan – GIZ employee Peer Gatter is working to promote the expansion of schools and health centres in traditional tribal areas.
How can we achieve high quality education for all? The latest issue of the GIZ magazine akzente looks at opportunities in times of crisis.
Drinking water is in increasingly short supply in Grenada. A joint project with the world’s largest green climate fund is investing in a water supply fit for the future.
GIZ is working around the globe to ensure that people have widespread and sustainable access to clean water. To achieve this, it provides them with technical support and helps them develop specialist knowledge.
A new study by DAAD, GIZ and the Goethe-Institut reveals what people in other countries want and expect from Germany.
The ban on single-use plastics across Europe now applies in Germany, too. Some countries are developing their own strategies to reduce plastic waste and protect the environment.
Annual results for 2020: business volume increases to EUR 3.3 billion in 2019. The pandemic remains the dominant topic.
The grand opening was planned for March 2020, but then came the coronavirus. With a small event, GIZ’s new campus in Bonn has now been officially inaugurated.
In many developing countries and emerging economies, tourism is a major driver of the economy. So it’s high time to get the recovery going.
World Refugee Day: psychological advice is supporting people in Eastern Ukraine in coming to terms with the effects of displacement and violence.
Digital payment of tax and trusted partners cut out tiresome journeys and give Tanzanian municipalities revenue for education, health and infrastructure.
The Green Deal is Europe’s response to climate change. The EU is discussing how best to achieve the Deal’s objectives with its partners – including GIZ – at this year’s European Development Days.
Many of the drugs in circulation in Africa are counterfeits. That can cost lives. But now, with support from a GIZ advisor, a start-up in the German city of Chemnitz has developed a code to tackle the problem of counterfeit drugs in Côte d’Ivoire.
The partnership supports countries in translating the Paris Agreement into specific national targets. This cooperation is now being expanded.
The Academy for International Cooperation and its predecessors have been preparing experts for foreign assignments since 1965. Ten years ago, it was absorbed into GIZ. Inge Halene has been part of the programme for 20 years. A conversation about learning – and the major trends of the future.
A new initiative brings together companies and potential employees in Africa’s IT sector – while promoting inclusion.
As of May 2021, GIZ and its Lithuanian counterpart CPMA have assumed the co-Presidency of the Practitioners’ Network for European Development Cooperation.
Successful cooperation: cooling technology from Germany and solar energy from Indonesia secure an income for small-scale fishing in remote regions.
Many of the drugs in circulation in Africa are counterfeits. A start-up has now developed a code that makes it possible to identify counterfeit drugs.
Education, energy, health ... throughout 2020, GIZ continued to improve lives on behalf of its commissioning parties. The latest figures illustrate just how many.
Innovative solutions to global challenges: The digital platform Yoma provides education and networking opportunities for young people in Africa.
Janina Marie Laurent started out in her new job with GIZ on the Marshall Islands right in the middle of the pandemic. She reached her new workplace by unusual means.
The Tech216 initiative connects German companies with Tunisia’s tech industry. BMW Group has been a pilot partner for a year now.
COVID-19 doesn’t recognise national borders. That’s why we need a global vaccination strategy. An article by Lucia Puttrich, Minister of European Affairs in the State of Hesse, and Tanja Gönner, Chair of the GIZ Management Board.
What needs to change to achieve a well-fed world? The new issue of GIZ’s akzente magazine examines the challenges and solutions.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, GIZ was devising alternative and digital education formats. The last year has demonstrated just how important these formats are.
Christian Schneider was really planning to set up operations in Africa, but COVID-19 put paid to that. In this interview, he explains why he began working in Albania instead – together with GIZ.
Labour Relations Director Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel explains how the impacts of the pandemic are changing work processes at GIZ and accelerating the trend towards new ways of working.
Data helps with measuring adaptation to climate change. In Bangladesh, GIZ employee Emilia Huss is supporting ministries in using climate data effectively.
The United Nations and GIZ are working together to improve medical care for COVID-19 patients in Lebanon. Palestinian refugees, in particular, are thus receiving support in the pandemic.
Following reform of its evaluation system, GIZ has improved the quality and comparability of its evaluation data, which provide an important basis for project work.
Training in future technologies: Orange Digital Centres in Africa and the Middle East teach young people practical digital skills.
Now is the time to pave the way for sustainability everywhere, using the global goals as a guide. A commentary by Tanja Gönner, Chair of the GIZ Management Board.
Drones can deliver medicines very quickly – even to remote locations. In Africa in particular, they could be extremely helpful in fighting the pandemic.
Six months have passed since the massive explosion in Beirut, but the need for assistance remains. The German Government continues to rely on GIZ, among others, to implement measures.
In an interview with the Agency for Business & Economic Development (AWE), Joost Hemmelder from Tradin Organic explains what the food company has learned while dealing with the pandemic.
To track and trace contacts, German health authorities are using SORMAS, a disease surveillance system invented and trialled in Nigeria.
Giving young people practical experience and working closely with companies helps overcome prejudices and creates job prospects, particularly for women.
Forestry scientist Jan Bock has been working for GIZ in El Salvador for the past three years. With his team, he supports the sustainable protection of forests.