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Pakistan: a simplified registration procedure facilitates faster flood relief

Many people in Pakistan lost everything to the floods. A customised register helps people to receive social benefits easily in crises.


Ukraine: Looking ahead with a resilient economy

Entrepreneur Olga Romanenko explains why it is important to sustain the Ukrainian economy in times of war and how the platform supports her.


‘There are red lines for us’

Interview with Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Chair of the Management Board.


Start-ups are improving lives

A funding programme supports young companies in Africa in getting investment ready. Their digital innovations are boosting income in the agricultural sector.


Better learning: linking health and education

Many children in South-East Asia are affected by illnesses. This hinders their progress at school. Better hygiene is improving the health of 15 million students.


Protecting species to protect the future – for nature, humans, animals and the climate

Stopping species loss and restoring ecosystems: GIZ is working around the world to maintain the very foundations of our existence.


Anna Sophie Herken to join the GIZ Management Board

The development and sustainability expert will join the GIZ Management Board in summer 2023.


Knowledge without taboos: a join-in circuit to combat HIV

Trialled in schools, rolled out nationwide: an interactive educational programme is teaching 30,000 young people in Zambia to protect themselves better against AIDS.


Forest conservation fights climate change

Forest conservation is crucial in fighting climate change. In Ghana, local communities are doing their part by switching to fast-growing timber and more efficient cooking stoves.


Turkey: Job prospects promote solidarity

There are almost four million Syrian refugees living in Turkey. A women’s cooperative provides stable incomes and a sense of shared identity.


Sahel region: sharing scarce resources more efficiently

Resources are scarce in the Sahel region. To prevent conflict over their distribution, communities are relying on data analysis and dialogue.


Preserving the environment and staying healthy

OneHealth in action: In Mexico, students learn to protect nature and their own health.


Cities for all – shaped by all

Fatima Nkhuwa is working to help her neighbourhood in Zambia. Her goal: for her neighbourhood to have a greater voice in urban planning.


Harnessing mobiles: making insurance digital and mobile

A modern health system needs to be simple, flexible, fast and reliable. As Nepal shows, digital solutions are the key to success.


Mexico: joining forces to make cities greener

In Mexico’s coastal regions, residents design their own urban districts. The aim: healthy cities with a high quality of life for everyone.


Digitalisation for sustainable development

From fair access to education and poverty reduction to combating climate change - digital innovations are more important than ever before.


Electric cars for the climate

Road traffic offers important leverage in the fight against climate change. The African island nation of Cabo Verde is putting its faith in across-the-board electric mobility.


Social cohesion

Young people, liveable cities and fair social systems strengthen societies from within. That promotes social cohesion in times of crisis.


Tunisia: Next adventure – starting a business

A couple of entrepreneurs offer an alternative taste of Tunisia – combining profession with passion.


Working together to end leprosy

While leprosy is on the decline globally, it is still far from being eradicated. Health teams and villagers in Senegal could be close to halting the spread of the disease.


New Chair of the GIZ Management Board

Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel to take over from Tanja Gönner on 1 November 2022.


Laying the foundation for modern-day working in Eschborn

The outstanding features of this new build scheduled for completion in 2025, which offers space for around 920 workstations, are its sustainable and recyclable materials.


Fighting trauma with capsicums

Fahrije Hoti lost her husband in the Kosovo war. Together with other widows, she founded a cooperative – with great success. The new film ‘Hive’ tells her story.


Virtual seeds with real benefits

Cotton farmers in Burkina Faso and Cameroon are learning how to future-proof their work. Part of their training takes place on virtual fields: those who achieve successful pest control here will be able to boost their yields in real life.


Uganda: using sunlight to clean water

More than 20,000 people in rural Uganda use sunlight to disinfect water. This provides them with clean drinking water.


GIZ is supporting the Afghan people

Assistance covers most basic needs.


Voices for democracy

Local institutions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo lack legitimacy. Participation is particularly limited for women. Dialogue and inclusion bring the two together.


“European cities need green and blue to tackle the heat”

Heat in cities may be a new issue in Germany, but it is a familiar one in India. GIZ project manager Vaishali Nandan talks about the challenges and learnings in dealing with the issue.


Sierra Leone: practical training for first-time job-seekers

Many young people in Sierra Leone are looking for work. Dual vocational training gives them better chances of finding a job.


Start-ups in Armenia: Fresh ideas for digitalisation

IT experts are in demand, and many start-ups are looking for international partners. A triangular cooperation arrangement brings the two together.


A review of 2021: demand for GIZ’s services continues to grow

Business volume rises to EUR 3.7 billion, more than half of which is implemented in fragile contexts.


Digital administration to strengthen resilience

Digital public infrastructures contribute to greater transparency and respect for human rights. A global alliance is committed to establishing these systems.


‘Everyone benefits from hydrogen as an energy source’

Frank Mischler works in Brussels to support the energy transition. In this interview, he reports on new developments and the potential role of GIZ.


Displaced women in Yemen: success through henna art

It's World Refugee Day. In Yemen, war has displaced many people in their own country. The path to building a new life starts with a secure income.


Mobile wallet: secure money for refugees in Jordan

Refugees often have difficulty accessing their own money. Mobile services are making day-to-day activities easier.


A two-wheeled transition to sustainable transport

Using bicycles to achieve climate targets: GIZ is encouraging bicycle use through its projects, supporting people, the environment and the economy in the process.


Stabilising, supporting, strengthening - GIZ’s response to the food crisis

The Ukraine war has triggered a food crisis. In our interview, agricultural expert Heike Höffler explains who is particularly affected by this and what projects are doing to combat the shortage.


Change: moving from print to digital

The latest issue of akzente is dedicated to change. Indeed the magazine itself is part of a transformation – it will be shifting from print to digital


Media campaign on taboos goes viral

If girls and women can deal with their periods safely and in dignity, a lot has been achieved to improve health. GIZ is working with social media influencers to promote menstrual health.


International Day for Biological Diversity: nature conservation and species protection are essential for human survival

Species extinction poses a threat not only to flora and fauna, but also to humankind. That’s why GIZ is committed to conserving biodiversity worldwide.


East Jerusalem: flexible support for the health system

Swift action was taken to supply two hospitals with important medical equipment during the pandemic. This helps immediately and in the long term.


Serbia: A newly founded practice gives children a future

In her new practice, Jelena is giving children the chance to lead a normal life, thus fostering inclusion.


Cyber security: on a mission to establish trust

Data theft, espionage, surveillance – security risks in the virtual world are steadily on the rise. Countries with weak regulation, poor security standards and a lack of expertise are particularly at risk.


Ethiopia: Innovative farming practices secure regional food supply

Many countries depend on grain imports from Ukraine. Due to the war, poorer countries in particular are now facing famine. Innovative approaches are needed.


Innovative ideas on how to tackle the challenges facing society in the 21st century

Whether it’s about protection from violence on the internet or better access to vaccinations, there is no limit to the ideas that come out of GIZ’s Innovation Fund – and what is more, they contribute to the common good.


Malian refugees in Niger: new homes allow a fresh start

Refugees from Mali have been living in Niger for many years. New homes now offer them an opportunity to enjoy a peaceful life in a new community.


Displacement and pandemic: the dual pressures on Colombia’s health systems

The coronavirus pandemic is putting health systems the world over to the test. Providing care for even more people than usual requires rapid adjustments to be made.


Rapid support for Ukraine

Electricity generators, water tanks, tents, sleeping bags and beds: people in Ukraine receive urgently needed items from a logistics centre on the Polish border. A ‘digital airlift’ also provides help to solve technical problems.


Mexico: Holiday with whale sharks

In the Gulf of California, whale sharks were a tourist magnet until the pandemic hit. Now tourism is about to restart – with better protection for the creatures.


State Secretary Flasbarth is the new Chair of the GIZ Supervisory Board

The State Secretary of the German Development Ministry will be taking up his new role on 24 March 2022.


Green cooling – tackling climate change with eco-friendly technology

Natural refrigerants protect the environment and the climate. In Latin America and the Caribbean, they are replacing existing products that harm the climate.


Philippines: visiting the doctor online

Travel within the island nation is difficult, especially under COVID-19 conditions. Digital services such as video consultations are enabling health care provision even on the most remote islands.


A heroine from Moldova: ‘I am inspired by all the strong women in the community’

Silvia Feraru builds bridges and breaks stereotypes for a living. An interview with a highly motivated mediator for the Roma community in Moldova.


Insights from an engineer working in development cooperation: ‘Having a technical background is always useful.’

In his role as a business scout, Ansgar Pinkowski is heavily involved in promoting green hydrogen in Brazil. In our interview, he talks about the path from theory to implementation.


Thinking ahead on security: joint action needed to tackle climate risks

Global warming threatens the security of people and nations – delegates at the Munich Security Conference also discussed opportunities for transnational solutions.


South Africa: vaccines for the entire continent

The African Union has learned lessons from the pandemic and is preparing for the future with its own vaccines. South Africa is now setting the course for research and production.


Georgia: Budget planning with citizen participation

In the municipality of Keda, citizens decide themselves what their local budget funds should be used for.


Female developers needed: boosting the number of women in the digital economy

Women still account for only a fraction of those employed in the IT sector. But in Latin America and Africa, women are acquiring new skills to launch a career in the tech industry.


Afghanistan: GIZ is assisting local employees to leave the country

Vulnerable people from other organisations are also supported.


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.


‘Our commitment to fair wages is long term’

The clothing manufacturer Brands Fashion has worked together with GIZ in India to implement the latest standards for fair supply chains. In this interview, Rabea Schafrick, Head of Sustainability, talks about the experiences.


Green recovery: securing a sustainable future

How can we make our future greener – and fairer? The latest issue of GIZ’s magazine akzente showcases opportunities to shape our future and examples of projects doing just that.


Using artificial intelligence and open-source satellite data to ensure food security

Can artificial intelligence and open remote sensing data be used to predict crop yields? Programmers from countries in Africa learn about this in training courses.

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