There is still a lot to do in the field of women’s rights and gender equality, both internationally and in the Federal Foreign Office. “Women’s rights are one of the most pressing political issues of our time,” said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
Every day, two cases of sexualized violence are recorded in the conflict-hit regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Germany is tackling the topic of sexualized violence in conflicts in the UN Security Council via Resolution 2467.
The worst locust infestation in decades is currently destroying crops and pastureland in the Horn of Africa. There is a risk of famine in the region. Germany has made available two million euro for emergency aid to help tackle this infestation, writes the German Foreign Office.
The Biafra War (1967-1970) in Nigeria led to a humanitarian crisis and the world’s largest civilian airlift. As a result, groundbreaking reforms were launched in humanitarian assistance.
Whether it be the fight against sexual violence, or disarmament – Germany has used the first year of its term on the Security Council to advance key issues. The second year’s focus will be on disarmament, crisis prevention and preserving the international order.
The first Global Refugee Forum of the United Nations is taking place in Geneva one year after the adoption of the Compact. The objective is to achieve an equitable sharing of the responsibility and burden in refugee issues at the international level.
According to World Bank data, nearly 90 percent of all people in extreme poverty will be living in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. Climate change will further exacerbate the situation, writes the BMZ.
There have not been any new wild polio infections in Nigeria and thus on the entire African continent since August 21 2016. Three years with no new infections is an important milestone on the way to Nigeria's official certification as a polio-free country, writes the German development bank KfW.
German development agency GIZ project manager Markus Spitzbart speaks about the project on environmentally sound disposal and recycling of e-waste in Ghana, writes the GIZ.
A new marine and biodiversity conservation project in the Western Indian Ocean is an important step towards protecting the world's oceans, writes the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
Rural Africa’s economy is slow-moving. Yet there is no shortage of entrepreneurial spirit. Local coaches are tapping into this – resulting in thousands of new Jobs, writes the GIZ.
Two theatre practitioners from Namibia and Germany in 2019 engaged on a project through the Goethe-Institut International Co-production Fund to manifest a theatre production that investigates theatre as a space in which knowledge and reflection are explored and shared, writes the Goethe-Institut.
The address was recently made at the UN Security Council debate on women, peace and security.
Just as gardening, a former act of colonial coercion in the townships of Johannesburg, takes on a new quality, the decolonisation of museums could also succeed, writes the Goethe-Institut.
Around 50 international organisations have their own headquarters in Germany. The Bundestag has now adopted a new law to ensure that Germany remains an attractive location for international exchange in the future.
During the meeting, the participants decided to set up a contact point in Germany for collections from colonial contexts, thus implementing a priority of the Framework Principles for dealing with collections from colonial contexts, which had been agreed at the last summit meeting.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made the following statement on Germany’s election to the UN Human Rights Council today (17 October).
In the first project of its kind in Malawi, a German development cooperation programme is helping to get health facilities in Dedza district connected to the national digital network, writes the BMZ.
InsuResilience Solutions Fund supports the development and introduction of drought insurance for small farmers, writes German development bank KfW.
Where do they belong? Ownership claims to cultural assets from the colonial period are often controversial and negotiating possible restitution is frequently a fraught and drawn-out process. Germany is taking some initial steps towards a resolution, writes Wolfgang Mulke for the Goethe-Institut.
Here's how a Kenyan agricultural economist at Bonn University is helping people in Africa by their own means – and protecting the climate at the same time, writes Deutschland.de.
Be it UN-led peace missions or joint local projects in the Lake Chad region: only close multilateral cooperation can resolve crises, writes the German Foreign Office.
For decades, one of the most serious conflicts in recent times has been simmering in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During his visit, Foreign Minister Maas underscored Germany’s commitment to stabilisation and the protection of women in conflicts.
Foreign Minister Maas travelled to Khartoum yesterday. Germany wants to support the Sudan in its democratic transition.
How can international cooperation be shaped? What role does Germany play in this regard? German Ambassadors will discuss these questions in Berlin from 26 to 29 August.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, Poland has invited participants to a debate on strengthening international humanitarian law within the context of its Security Council Presidency. Foreign Minister Maas will attend the Security Council meeting in New York.
The impact of the 15-year civil war (1977-1992) continues to make itself felt in Mozambique in southeast Africa. The government and opposition have now reached a peace agreement that is intended to stabilise the country in the long term.
The challenges of displacement and migration are complex and require solutions at various levels. However, a rapid and pragmatic answer is urgently needed as regards the distribution of people rescued at sea. Germany is willing to do its part.
Rotimi John Omole, supervisor of Farmer Business Schools in Nigeria, on the “brown gold”, writes the German development agency GIZ.
The Social Cash Transfer Programme (SCTP) exists to help ensure that the basic needs of the poorest families in Malawi are met. German Development Bank KfW has now been investing in the programme for ten years. Three striking examples show how people’s lives have changed as a result, writes the KfW.
One of the most complex crises in the world is found in the Lake Chad region. Germany is supporting regional endeavours to overcome the crisis and providing a further 40 million euros.
Following peaceful protests, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the military in April. The military council and the opposition alliance have now set up a transitional government in which they will share power. This is a hopeful sign.
From Iraq to Addis Ababa to Colombia, Germany is working all over the world to resolve or prevent crises.
Six months ago, the international community adopted the Global Compact on Refugees. What happens next?
Mediation is an effective instrument for re‑establishing and consolidating peace. The Federal Foreign Office’s Peace Mediation Strategy will be presented in Berlin on 14 June 2019.
Students from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Berlin cooperated with German language students from the University of Namibia (UNAM) to produce an app that creates an augmented reality of Namibian children’s books.
On May 23, 1949, Germany's Basic Law was adopted and became a symbol of a new beginning. Some five decades later, German constitutional experts helped with the formulation of South Africa's postapartheid constitution, writes Deutsche Welle.
For the first time, the creative African network “Enter Africa” presented itself on the European gaming stage. Supported by Goethe-Institutes in Africa, members of the individual “Enter Africa” teams showcased their 15 location-based games at the A MAZE. / Berlin, writes the Goethe-Institut.
Cocoa is an important product in western and central Africa. Together with various partners, German development agency GIZ has developed a training programme to help smallholders farm their land sustainably, the agency writes.
German Cooperation has developed a short-term training in “Gender Responsive Human Resources for Health Planning, Development and Management.” The training was used to train human resources managers of Liberia’s Ministry of Health, writes Healthy DEvelopments.
The Prince Claus Fund and Gerda Henkel Foundation have a Joint call for papers for its dynamic programme.
A German Foreign Office spokesperson issued the following statement on stepping up assistance measures to combat the world’s second largest outbreak of Ebola:
Minister of State for International Cultural Policy Michelle Müntefering issued the following statement on 16 May on the decision by the board of trustees of the German Historical Museum about the return the Stone Cross of Cape Cross to Namibia.
On behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ), German Development Bank KfW is providing 14 million Euro for various reconstruction measures in Mozambique following the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai, writes KfW.
Many young people in Cameroon do not see a future for themselves in their own country. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way. One local programme is designed to boost employment and encourage peaceful coexistence. To date, it has created over 3,000 Jobs.
How the Siemens Foundation is improving living conditions in Africa, creating jobs, and opening up economic prospects.
The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) invites aspirant stage managers based on the continent to apply for an opportunity to participate in a seven-day stage management training programme at ACCES 2019 in Accra, Ghana, writes Music in Africa.
Gladys Mosomtai is a Kenyan Scholar pursuing her PhD studies at the icipe in Kenya and at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa through a DAAD scholarship. She spoke to GIC Africa about the impact that the scholarship has on her life.
Women occupy only one in four jobs in the tech sector. There is also a digital gender divide in Ghana and Rwanda. Women and girls want to change this and are now learning to programme and acquiring the skills to set up their own business, writes the GIZ.
Some 170 Million Euro has been committed for water, sanitation and agricultural adaptation measures in the Simiyu Region, writes KfW.
Protected areas in the Congo Basin presently face heavy criticism: national park rangers are accused of using violence against local communities. The German government supports the protected areas financially.
German Chancellor and EU security training mission officials discussed migration, terrorism and organised crime, writes dpa.
Senegalese band Sahad and The Nataal Patchwork, Kenya’s Eric Wainaina and Tanzania's Tofa Jaxx will take part at the African Night concert at the Resonanzraum in Hamburg, Germany, on 10 August.
Boosting counter-terrorism support for countries in West Africa has become one of Angela Merkel's main priorities on the continent. The chancellor has now pledged millions to improve security in the Sahel Region.
In her book entitled Memoirs of an African Child, Farirai Mubvuma from Zimbabwe pits authentic African voices against simple stereotypes.
Ivy Barley is making her dream come true with Developers in Vogue, a community of female developers who are passionate about using technology to revolutionise Africa, writes German Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ).
The Libyan Army under the command of General Khalifa Haftar and the internationally recognised Government of National Accord are fighting for control of the capital Tripoli. Resumption of the UN-led political process is the key to resolving the crisis, writes the German Foreign Office.
At Germany’s initiative, the UN Security Council is addressing sexual violence in conflicts – Foreign Minister Maas will act as chair, writes the German Foreign Office.
During the five-day workshop, participants from Benin, Senegal and Burkina Faso fine-tuned the development of concepts for projects to adapt to climate change and its consequences, writes the International Climate Initiative.
Several German companies see opportunities in the two countries for investment in construction, writes AHK.
International artist residency programme Akademie Schloss Solitude and KFW Stiftung are calling on individuals from the arts and sciences to apply for a mutation residency programme in Stuttgart, Germany, from October 2020 to June 2021, writes musicinafrica.net.
German Development Bank KfW and the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine are joining forces to support the East African Community with identifying future outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases at an early stage, writes KfW.
Thorsten Clausing, who heads the Political, Press and Information Section of the EU delegation attached to the African Union (AU), speaks to deutschland.de.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, the Niger and Chad – many crises are no longer in the focus of global attention. The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is providing 125 million US dollars for aid measures in forgotten crises, writes the German Foreign Office.
For the cultural hackathon Coding da Vinci Süd, the Goethe-Institut invited 15 cultural professionals to Munich to present ideas and innovative apps for the digitisation of cultural assets, writes the Goethe-Institut.
The 'Green to Brown Report' brings climate experts together to encourage climate action and stimulate debates, writes the International Climate Initiative.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has dedicated this year's World Health Day to the theme of universal health coverage. This reaffirms the importance of the goal of comprehensive health care worldwide, writes German Development Bank KfW.
In many countries around the world, women and girls are denied access to sport. Eight hundred girls in the Gambia are now receiving weekly football training through a project, writes the German Foreign Office.
Fresh water as a precious resource. A young Kenyan scientist has made this her theme – one that has accompanied her through her scientific career, written by Volkswagen Stiftung.
AHK Services East Africa LTD is assisting German companies with vocational qualifications to start and execute training courses in Kenya, writes the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya.
The German Investment and Development Cooperation (DEG) finances a solar plant in South Africa which is supposed to supply 180,000 people with green energy, writes DEG.
A career guidance programme in Liberia is encouraging girls to consider jobs within the health profession that are traditionally reserved for their male counterparts, writes Healthy DEvelopments.
Threatened turtles find refuge in Ghana's Songor Lagoon, writes the International Climate Initiative.
The German Army will continue to be part of two missions in Mali. The German government has decided to extend the mandates until May 31, 2020. The decision must still be endorsed by the German Parliament, writes the German Government.
The German Army will continue to be part of the international Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia in the Horn of Africa. The Cabinet has decided to extend the mandate until May 31, 2020. The decision must still be endorsed by the German Parliament, writes the German Government.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has issued the following statement on the commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda, writes the German Foreign Office:
The 2019 winner is Juliana Rotich, founder of software project Ushahidi, which was introduced to monitor violence in Kenya following the 2007 general elections, writes dw.com.
In Kenya, two private-sector companies are using digital technology to reach out to poor people in rural regions as well as urban areas. They are improving their customers’ lives in meaningful ways, writes dandc.eu.
The Foreign Ministers of the G7 countries met in Dinard, France, on April 5 and 6 to discuss matters as peace missions in Africa, cyber policy, women and security.
There has been a state of emergency in Somalia for over 20 years. In order to be able to provide rapid support in acute emergencies, Germany has donated ten million Euro to the United Nations’ Somalia Humanitarian Fund, writes the German Foreign Office.
Cape Town's sewage plants are overburdened. The city' s wastewater often flows unfiltered into the sea. The outdated sewage treatment plants are now being modernised. It is the first project of the European Clean Oceans Initiative, writes the Development Bank KfW.
African students learn how to write in German in a unique way, writes the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Germany holds the UN Security Council Presidency in April and Heiko Maas is travelling to New York to mark the start, writes the German Foreign Ministry.
The Association of German School Societies in Namibia (AGDS) supports student exchanges from Namibia to Germany. Six of them are talking about ther expiriences abroad, writes the German Embassy in Windhoek.
The German curator Leon Hösl first encountered Nigeria outside its shores, before visiting for the first time this November, writes Goethe Institut.
The current financing round for the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) – once again with the participation of German Development Bank KfW – has won the IJGlobal African Fundraising Deal Of The Year Award, writes KfW.
How can crises be permanently overcome? What role does multilateralism play? An interview with Christoph Heusgen, Germany’s ambassador to the UN, writes deutschland.de.
The German Investment and Development Cooperation (DEG) supports Ethopia by financing farming machinery for vocational training, writes German Development Bank KfW.
Peace and security, promoting the private sector and trade, cooperation between our civil societies: these are the goals Germany is pursuing on the African continent, a continent home to rapid Change, writes the German Foreign Office.
The German Government Policy Guidelines for Africa, developed by the German Foreign Office, set out approaches to taking opportunities, tackling risks and overcoming crises, writes the German Foreign Office.
Ethiopia is being decimated by deforestation, overgrazing and poorly planned crops. To stop the degradation of their land, many Ethiopian farmers are actively committed to a KfW project aiming for sustainability, writes KfW.
A new education and vocational training programme is improving labour market opportunities and paving the way for the use of renewable energy, writes the German Development Agency GIZ.
How Universität Leipzig summer schools are supporting start-ups in Rwanda and Ghana, writes deutschland.de.
Goethe-Zentrum Kampala is calling on Ugandan creatives to submit applications for locally based projects in the fields of arts and culture, writes musicinafrica.net.
A German Foreign Spokesperson issued the following Statement on March 24th on the massacre in Mali.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met with Ramtane Lamamra, the new Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs in the country, writes the German Foreign Office.
The cyclone Idai has caused severe damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Germany has made available one million Euro for emergency aid in the Region, writes the German Foreign Office.
German Foreign Minister Maas wants to start a new dialogue on disarmament. A conference in Berlin marked the start of this initiative, writes the German Foreign Ministry.
The employees of the Goethe-Institut were shocked to learn that Okwui Enwezor died on 15 March in Munich after his serious illness. With his writings and exhibitions, he made a decisive contribution to the foundation of the global discourse on art, writes the Goethe Institut.
The country's culture ministers met to prepare a joint statement on how museums and institutions should deal with items acquired during the colonial era. A Cape Cross pillar is to be returned to Namibia, Deutsche Welle writes.
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