News 2021

News 2021


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


International Women's Day: Raising awareness of women's rights in Afghanistan

Gradually reworking society’s image of women. How Afghan women are asserting their rights.


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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