News 2021

News 2021


Interview: ‘My boss said I was mad’

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.


‘More and more staff are coming out’

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.


Social participation through e-governance

With digital formats, public administrations can directly involve their citizens in local issues. In the Palestinian territories, this is how people shape their environment.


Interview: ‘Diversity is what we are all about’

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.


‘Many feel it is essential to live and work sustainably’

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.


New multi-media report: In search of sustainable cocoa

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.


Interview: ‘Using digital technology to benefit the whole of society’

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.


Peru: Using waste wisely, conserving resources

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.


Rwanda: first electric tractor goes into operation

In cooperation with Volkswagen and partners in Africa, GIZ is supporting research and development to pilot the first e-tractor in Africa.


Interview: Does protecting wildlife also protect human health?

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.


Innovation factory for better education

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.


Kenya: New companies providing fresh boost for transport

Nairobi’s growing population is pushing the transport system to its limits. New ideas for solutions are coming from local start-ups.


Climate commitment at GIZ: meeting the 1.5°C target worldwide

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.


Only 99 months to put the brakes on the climate crisis

On the road to climate protection, there is no way around transportation. An article by GIZ Managing Director Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven.


Old homeland, new life

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.


Milestone: GIZ has achieved climate neutrality worldwide

The company has offset all its own greenhouse gas emissions worldwide for the first time. It has ambitious targets for the coming years, too.


Togo: Ensuring access to family planning services even during the pandemic

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.


Ukraine: joining forces to shape the cities of the future

A sustainable approach to urban planning that takes account of locals’ views is improving quality of life and coexistence in Ukrainian towns and cities.


Turkey: job opportunities in a new home

Training opens up career opportunities in the Turkish IT sector for young jobseekers from Turkey and Syria.


Dancing, football and theatre – vaccination awareness in Malawi

Creative solutions to encourage more people to get vaccinated: mobile teams are raising awareness of protective measures and vaccination against COVID-19.


Strong partners for climate neutrality

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.


Tackling COVID-19 by phone: using mobile phones to respond to the pandemic

Misinformation about COVID-19 is a global problem. Now a project is using basic mobile phones to provide reliable information.


‘South Africa can play an important role in local vaccine production’

Opportunities and challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa. Three questions for Martin Weiß, GIZ Country Director in South Africa/Lesotho.


Trailblazers for the right balance between people and the natural environment

Preserving biodiversity is vital for humans, animals and the environment. GIZ works worldwide with partners like IUCN to protect ecosystems.


Representing Togo in Tokyo: sport unites people

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.


Afghanistan: Efforts to find alternative evacuation routes continue

GIZ is doing everything in its power to get Afghan employees and their families to safety


Afghanistan: Responsibility for staff

GIZ is working intensely to get staff from Afghanistan and their families to safety.


Pakistan: Local partners are the key to project success

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.


Education – the smartest investment in the world

How can we achieve high quality education for all? The latest issue of the GIZ magazine akzente looks at opportunities in times of crisis.


Safequarding Grenada’s water supply in times of climate change

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.


Clean water for all – with modern facilities and sound knowledge

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.


Adequate at best: Germany scores poorly for environmental protection

A new study by DAAD, GIZ and the Goethe-Institut reveals what people in other countries want and expect from Germany.


Goodbye, single-use plastics!

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.


Strengthening societies in the long term with a green recovery

Annual results for 2020: business volume increases to EUR 3.3 billion in 2019. The pandemic remains the dominant topic.


Presenting the GIZ Bonn Campus

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.


Tourism during a pandemic: looking to the future

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.


Paying tax in Tanzania: at the touch of a button without a day’s travel

Digital payment of tax and trusted partners cut out tiresome journeys and give Tanzanian municipalities revenue for education, health and infrastructure.


Eastern Ukraine: working through displacement and beginning the healing process

World Refugee Day: psychological advice is supporting people in Eastern Ukraine in coming to terms with the effects of displacement and violence.


The European Green Deal: Working together on climate action – in Europe and around the world

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.


Using blockchain against counterfeit drugs

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.


A strong alliance for international climate action: GIZ becomes a member of the NDC Partnership

The partnership supports countries in translating the Paris Agreement into specific national targets. This cooperation is now being expanded.


Reflecting major trends in development cooperation

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.


Enthuse, educate, employ: New opportunities on the African IT market

A new initiative brings together companies and potential employees in Africa’s IT sector – while promoting inclusion.


Practitioners’ Network: Joint European solutions for global challenges

As of May 2021, GIZ and its Lithuanian counterpart CPMA have assumed the co-Presidency of the Practitioners’ Network for European Development Cooperation.


Ice from solar energy for sustainable fishing

Successful cooperation: cooling technology from Germany and solar energy from Indonesia secure an income for small-scale fishing in remote regions.


Côte d’Ivoire: blockchain stops the activities of drugs counterfeiters

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.


GIZ works – even during a pandemic

Education, energy, health ... throughout 2020, GIZ continued to improve lives on behalf of its commissioning parties. The latest figures illustrate just how many.


Digital marketplace offers training for young people in Africa

Innovative solutions to global challenges: The digital platform Yoma provides education and networking opportunities for young people in Africa.


Setting sail to work

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.


‘Tunisia has the IT professionals that Germany is lacking.’

The Tech216 initiative connects German companies with Tunisia’s tech industry. BMW Group has been a pilot partner for a year now.


We should help because we can help

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.


Feeding the world – never-ending hunger?

What needs to change to achieve a well-fed world? The new issue of GIZ’s akzente magazine examines the challenges and solutions.


Education for all? Getting through the pandemic with new learning formats

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, GIZ was devising alternative and digital education formats. The last year has demonstrated just how important these formats are.


Medical gowns from Albania: ‘Our cooperation was a stroke of luck’

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.


‘The pandemic has shown us that digital collaboration makes many things possible.’

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.


Bangladesh: using data to further climate adaptation

Data helps with measuring adaptation to climate change. In Bangladesh, GIZ employee Emilia Huss is supporting ministries in using climate data effectively.


Lebanon: cooperation for urgent medical assistance

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.


Using knowledge: GIZ presents its Evaluation Report 2020

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.


Digital skills and support for young people in the tech sector

Training in future technologies: Orange Digital Centres in Africa and the Middle East teach young people practical digital skills.


The pandemic has realigned the SDG compass

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.


Malawi: medicine delivered by drone

Drones can deliver medicines very quickly – even to remote locations. In Africa in particular, they could be extremely helpful in fighting the pandemic.


Lebanon: Swift and steady support in persistently difficult times

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.


Ethiopia: ‘You can only fight a pandemic together’

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.


The coronavirus pandemic: how Europe is learning from Africa

To track and trace contacts, German health authorities are using SORMAS, a disease surveillance system invented and trialled in Nigeria.


Kenya: comprehensive package for young people entering the labour market

Giving young people practical experience and working closely with companies helps overcome prejudices and creates job prospects, particularly for women.


‘Learning from one another’ – sustainable forest protection in Central America

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.

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