Sexual Education in Africa

Appraisal Mission in South Africa, Namibia, and Zambia

About one third of the population of southern and eastern Africa are young people aged 10 to 24. With more than half a million new infections per year, this region bares one of the highest HIV risks in the world. Adolescent girls and young are especially hard hit by this situation: they often acquire HIV five to seven years earlier than their male counterparts and AIDS is the leading cause of death for adolescent girls in the region. Similarly high are the incidences of early and unplanned pregnancies, child marriage and gender-based violence. In view of this alarming situation, at the end of 2013 the ministers of health and education in 21 countries across the region signed a collective declaration of commitment to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people in eastern and southern Africa. The so-called ESA Commitment promotes comprehensive sexual education and youth-friendly health services.

Since 2015, GIZ supports the implementation of the ESA Commitment in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, and Mozambique. In January, Susanne Schardt participated in an appraisal mission in South Africa, Namibia, and Zambia to prepare for a second phase of the GIZ programme and to explore options for a meaningful support for the countries in implementing the ESA targets.

Project management in development

A seminar at the Colegio de San Louis Potosi, Mexico

In September 2017, Birgit Stanzel carried out a block seminar in the Colegio de San Louis Potosi. It consist of three course modules, each lasting five hours. Different models of participatory and creative models of project development project management are introduced based on the theory that every project is a continuous sequence of actions based upon each other, which makes it, in fact, a change process. At the same time methods and instruments which facilitate these processes are discussed. Every module is based on the learning processes and results developed by the participants during the preceding modules. Although the methods and instruments can be applied to personal, professional, business and social projects alike, Birgit Stanzel lays her main focus on projects for the support of social cohesion and participation. Project ideas are also developed by the seminar participants and evaluated.

Information about the seminar (in Spanish)>>>>

Strengthening local partnerships

Susanne Schardt evaluates the involvement of integrated experts

German cities, communities and districts become increasingly active in development cooperation. They put their knowledge and experience in municipal provision of basic services to use in communities of the global South. Municipal partnerships help to develop sustainable networks, in which administra-tions, institutions, universities, schools, hospitals, communal enterprises, but also civil society organisations become engaged. Such partnerships are being supported by the "Servicestelle für Kommunen in der einen Welt" (SKEW) on behalf of the BMZ. The GIZ programme "Integrierte Fachkräfte für Kommunen weltweit" complements this support by placing integrated experts in municipal partnerships. This helps communities in partner countries of German development cooperation to utilize the value of their partner's knowledge and experience. It also intensifies mutual learning and common commitment within the framework of the "New Urban Agenda".

Susanne Schardt of Realitäten Bureau conducted numerous interviews with the involved actors to evaluate the added value of an integrated expert for the municipal partnerships and to give recommendations for a results-oriented continuation of the GIZ programme.

Opioid Substitution Therapy in Nepal

lessons from building a national programme

The German Health Practice Collection (GHPC) on the BMZ website recently published a case study that explores learnings generated during the establish-ment of Nepal’s national opioid substitution therapy (OST) programme, a process which has been led by the government of Nepal and Nepalese civil society organisations with support from international partners, such as the GIZ Harm Reduction Project in Nepal, lead by our team member Patricia Kramarz.

You may find the publication at the GHPC site


This isn't nice! - everyday life in outpatient care

the new book by Peter Klös and Bernard Simon

Ugliness, illness, old age with its various ailments are among the taboos of modern society. Getting old, being ill doesn't have any lobby in our modern world. Getting old is associated with costs - which the younger generation has to bear. Being old is a burden - not only for the elderly, but also for those who cannot imagine being old themselves some time. The authors Peter Klös and Bernard Simon have compiled only a small part of the wealth of funny and sad stories they are confronted with in their every-day work. The book opens a window into the reality of mobile outpatient care for the elderly in Germany in the year 2015. It paints 17 portraits of carers and those who are being cared for. This picture is being framed by additional chapters on the context of care in Germany spanning from legal and professional aspects across social recognition to management experiences.

The book has been published in German at Paolo Freire Verlag


Strengthening the Health System - Preventing HIV

Backstopping in the Ukraine

The spread of HIV continues to be a serious threat for Ukraine. The country has the fastest growing HIV epidemic in Europe and more than 200,000 people live with the virus. Official statistics estimate that 57 new cases of HIV infection are diagnosed every day. But we have to reckon with a much higher unofficial number of cases. The armed conflicts in the Ukraine have weakened the Ukrainian health system and brought critical gaps to the light. So far, the conflict has taken a toll of more than 6,800 deaths and approx. 17,000 injured. In addition, the fragile situation in Eastern Ukraine resulted in as many as 1.5 million officially registered internally displaced people - however, the unofficial numbers are estimated to be much higher. In crises, instability and conflicts the risk of an HIV infection rises: people take more and higher risks, the willingness - and sometimes also the opportunities - to use condoms decreases, and mobile populations - including the many internally displaced people - generally have a higher risk of infection. Hence, the risk for a rise of the HIV epidemic in Ukraine is still high.

Against this background and within the EU association process, the Ukrainian government currently undergoes a reform of its education and health system. This reform - along with the second wave of the national HIV Prevention Campaign "Don't give AIDS a Chance" is supported by GIZ. Susanne Schardt has supported the GIZ project through numerous short-term consultancies and trainings in the past. Since January 2016, she cooperates closely and on a regular basis with the national project team of GIZ in Kiev.