The German Development Bank KfW finances bike-friendly projects in developing countries and emerging economies.
Traffic emissions are a major contributor to global warming. German Development Bank KfW therefore supports sustainable mobility around the world. We show how people are already changing course, writes KfW.
With Nigeria, the Bauhaus’s anniversary caravan has travelled to one of the most extraordinary places on which the Bauhaus left its mark, writes the Goethe-Institut.
Chris Kost spent three years in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to work on sustainable transport solutions for the Region, writes the German Ministry for Environment.
The German Republic has committed a new funding of 1.5 billion Euro for the Green Climate Fund. The Fund is already supporting 93 projects. Germany is the first country to announce a specific amount for the replenishment, writes the German Environment Ministry.
Germany is helping cities around the world deal with the effects of climate change, writes deutschland.de.
Gerald Bigurube from Tanzania and Clovis Razafimalala from Madagascar have gone the extra mile, writes deutschland.de.
“You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.”
“If new partnerships are to succeed, we also have to take a critical look at our perceptions of our partners. We Europeans still tend too much to think of Africa as one big continent marked by crises.”
A German Foreign Office spokesperson issued the following statement on yesterday's death of soldiers from the United Nations (UN) peace mission MONUSCO and the Congolese armed forces.
Making a start in life is not easy for children and young people growing up in the slums of Kenyan cities. The Kenyan government, with support from German Development Bank KfW, is focusing on education as a gateway to opportunity, writes KfW.
The measures aim to enable the local population and refugees – around 1.1 million people – to coexist peacefully in the crowded cities, writes KfW.
The International Conference on Libya was held in Palermo on November 12 and 13. The conference underscored the international community’s resolve to support the work of UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé, writes the German Foreign Office.
At the Goethe-Institut’s Tashweesh Festival, artists and intellectuals from North Africa, Europe and the Middle East met to discuss stereotypical gender images. After Brussels, the mammoth project stopped in Cairo for a week and brought together feminist positions, writes the Goethe-Institut.
Germany has stepped up its humanitarian assistance considerably in recent years. The report sheds light on priorities and focus regions and provides background information, writes the German Foreign Office.
With the support of German development agency GIZ, more and more farmers in Tanzania are turning to organic cotton farming, which enables them to increase their yields and protect the environment, writes GIZ.
Berlin-based music school Global Music Academy and the Music Crossroads Academy of Zimbabwe launched two documentations in Zimbabwe to preserve ancient music cultures, writes Fanuel Jongwe.
An additional two trillion US dollars are needed to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to water and sanitation. One way to tap sources of funding is called “blended finance”. It means to use public funds to mobilise private-sector investments, writes DandC.
With the series “Museum Conversations” the Goethe-Institutes offer spaces for international academics, museum experts and curators to discuss the future of African museums from a postcolonial perspective, writes the Goethe-Institut.
Germany has agreed with more than half of its partner countries to make “democracy, civil society and governance” a priority area of development cooperation, writes the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ).
In 2012, radical Islamist rebels were prevented from destroying thousands of centuries-old manuscripts: A ceremony marking this success was held in Hamburg City Hall on November 2, writes the German Foreign Office.
“At the Federal Foreign Office, our main focus is on the dialogue with the societies of origin, as well as cultural cooperation and the establishment of cultural infrastructure, particularly in Africa.” highlighted the German Minister of State in Berlin.
Almost one third of the Earth’s surface is covered by forest. Forests also provide a large proportion of humankind with their livelihoods. Yet although our civilisation depends on forests, we are destroying them, writes the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ).
Eight young Ethiopian artists and academics have embarked on an expedition to the Shoa region to juxtapose the Eurocentric image of Ethiopia with their own contemporary perspective, writes the Goethe-Institut.
On October 30, German Minister for Economic Cooperation, Gerd Müller launched negotiations with Ethiopia, Morocco and Senegal on reform partnerships, writes the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation.
“Welcome to Africa’s future,” were the words welcoming participants from 15 African countries to a workshop at the Goethe-Institut in Addis Abeba.
Life for criminals in Côte d’Ivoire is now more difficult. Germany is supporting this nation, and other African countries, in the process of professionalising their police work, writes German development agency GIZ. Two investigators and one crime victim explain.
Education can lead to inequality – and it can help to overcome inequality. Good schools promote upward mobility and gender equality. Public policy must ensure the quality of schools as well as broad-based Access, writes Development and Cooperation.
Fighting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is one of the priority areas of German development cooperation in the field of health, writes the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation.
“Making Africa more attractive to investors is about achieving fair trading relations between Europe and Africa,” said Angela Merkel at the G20 Investment Summit in Berlin.
“The Compact initiative is based on another, a new approach. It’s about new forms of equal and long-term partnership which benefit everyone involved to the same degree.” said Angela Merkel in her opening address.
The G20 Investment Summit for Africa was just held in Berlin. Stefan Liebing, Chairman of the German-African Business Association, says what Africa now needs – and what Germany must do.
Improvements in the health system mean that more and more people can be treated rapidly and effectively in the South Kivu Region, writes German development agency GIZ.
From the autobahn to tuition fees – here we answer questions often asked on Google about Germany.
The rainwater is drained by gutters and collected in the tank. The water is then pumped by a solar pump to the sanitary facilities of the student dorms. This use of rainwater will save up to 30 percent of the running costs for the training institute, writes the German Embassy Kampala.
On October 25, German Minister of State Müntefering took part in the open debate on women, peace and security – a topic that will be a focus of Germany’s upcoming membership of the UN Security Council.
Germany was ranked in second place in the Lonely Planet “Best in Travel 2019” book, writes Deutschland.de.
The event, which took place at the square in Kampala, was conducted by Femme Electronic co-founder DJ Rachael, as well as German DJ Sarah Farina and producer Yo van Lenz. Goethe-Zentrum Kampala director Barbara Sommer said the aim of the event was to encourage cultural exchange.
Why Germany is such a strong supporter of the controversial International Criminal Court, explains Deutschland.de.
After years of construction, the new Assiut barrage over the Nile in Egypt was inaugurated this summer, writes German Development Bank KfW.
Pheladi Venda Tlhatlha is focusing on understanding the perception of energy in disadvantaged communities and also the reduction of energy poverty. She believes clean energy should be accessible to and affordable for impoverished communities.
Ho Technical University (HTU) and Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences have recently kicked-off a four-year project to build academic and administrative capacity at HTU, writes the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana.
The German Foreign Office is expanding its online activities. Its headquarters in Berlin and its missions abroad now post and tweet worldwide in over 375 social media accounts.
Foreign Minister Maas meets his Tunisian counterpart Khemaies Jhinathe in Berlin.
Kibrom Gebreyesus was able to complete a skills analysis to show that the training he received in his home country of Eritrea is equivalent to the German occupation of industrial mechanic, writes Recognition In Germany.
The German Development Bank KfW, on behalf of the German Government, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the French Development Bank (AFD) launched the Clean Oceans Initiative to support the development and implementation of projects that will reduce pollution in the world’s oceans, writes KfW.
Dr Bärbel Kofler, German government commissioner for human rights policy and humanitarian aid at the German Foreign Office, issued the following statement to mark World Food Day on October 16, 2018.
Speech by Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in response to the motions on Ethiopia/Eritrea on October 12, 2018 in the German Bundestag
Innovative, international, globally networked: five success factors of German universities.
World efforts to lower hunger to zero by 2030 are being negated by warfare and climate change, warn nutritionists. Their latest global index categorizes 51 nations, mainly in Asia and Africa, where hunger is alarming, writes Deutsche Welle.
In Rwanda, German development agency GIZ supports peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities through cultural and educational activities. Examples include photography workshops, a newspaper created by refugees and training courses on conflict resolution, writes the GIZ.
German Development Bank KfW supports an innovative drought insurance for emergency aid organisations in Africa. The United Nations World Food Programme and the non-governmental organisation START Network have concluded the first insurance agreements for Mali, Mauritania and Senegal, writes KfW.
The Cameroon-born scholar of postcolonialism, Achille Mbembe has been awarded the Gerda Henkel Prize, one of Germany's most renowned honors for scholarly research in a move the foundation hopes inspires others, writes Deutsche Welle.
Plastic waste is a threat to our oceans' ecosystems as animals mistake waste for food and die in cruel circumstances. Dr Ralph Kadel, member of the management board of Blue Action Fund, sets out possible solutions, writes German Development Bank KfW.
The study produced in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and funded by the German Foreign Office, analyses the greatest opportunities and challenges for the fast-changing African film industry.
Message from German Foreign Minister Maas for the Day of German Unity on October 3, 2018.
Youth unemployment in Tunisia is high. A partnership is helping young people to get the training they need to see a better future in their home country, writes the German development agency GIZ.
Pupils in Algiers asked German chancellor Merkel questions – in German. Their school is part of the worldwide PASCH network, writes deutschland.de.
Human rights activist, Alaa Mohamed Masaad Elsayed spoke to the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) about her motivation to work in the field of human rights, female genital mutilation and participating in the Cross Culture Programme of ifa.
If two parties quarrel, a third one helps. Deutschland.de explains how Germany uses its strengths in peace mediation.
The African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI) has set itself an objective of promoting exchanges between young people in African countries and Germany, writes Engagement Global.
Deutschland.de spoke to peace researcher Simone Wisotzki to unpack how equal rights make the world safer.
The tricky issue of migration will loom over the chancellor's talks as Berlin looks for ways to stem the migrant flow, writes Deutschland.de
The German Development Bank KfW was founded on November 18, 1948 to finance the reconstruction of Germany. 70 years later, the challenges that face us as a promotional bank have grown larger still. Nothing less than the future of our planet is at stake, writes KfW.
Nigeria is one of the last-remaining high-risk countries. With German support, the international community is currently running a campaign to provide polio vaccinations to all children under the age of five, writes the German Development Bank KfW.
The government is working to restore the energy infrastructure using, among other things, hydropower, methane, solar energy and geothermal power.
General-purpose digital technologies are disrupting the ways in which we produce, trade and consume goods and services. This trend is likely to affect the economic future of developing countries by re-defining patterns of global trade and value chains.
A lack of jobs and insufficient industrialisation are hampering the development of many African countries. Now another threat seems to be emerging: the automation of production. However, it will take quite a lot of time before robots become cheaper than workers in Africa.
Carbon pricing could make financial resources available for succeeding with the global Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. At the same time, it could be a central contribution to meet global climate targets.
How can I start working or training in Germany? What professions are in demand in my home country? How can I do further training?
This is what senior economic adviser of the World Data Lab Homi Kharas says. He is also the interim vice president and director of the Global Economy and Development Programme of the Washington-based Brookings Institution.
How do authoritarian regimes respond to European Union (EU) initiatives to stem migration? A recent publication by the German Institute for International and Security Affaires (SWP) demands that Europe adopt clear principles on funding and enforce red lines in regard to human rights.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.5 billion people worldwide need treatment for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) like schistosomiasis or African trypanosomiasis. Eradicating them requires more than medication however.
Three voices from different countries: what people appreciate about Germany and what they expect from Germany.
The climate goal (SDG 13) of the 2030 Agenda can only be reached if energy generation efforts worldwide focus systematically on renewable sources, and if energy efficiency is improved significantly.
No. A visa for entering Germany is personalised and issued only to a specific individual. Visas cannot be sold or given to someone else.
Does your view of Germany change by living there? Yes it does, says Nigeria’s Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar and comments on humour, elections and wasps.
Africa is the continent of opportunity – economic, political and cultural. But how can it make the most of its potential? The answers lie in education, anti-corruption and economic diversification.
The Foreign Office has been responsible for humanitarian aid abroad for 50 years. Germany was the world’s second largest donor in 2017.
The Lake Chad region, an area affected by the terrorist activities of Boko Haram, displacement and famine, is the focus of a high-ranking international conference taking place in Berlin from 3 to 4 September.
According to German Development Bank KfW, almost 40 percent of all new commitments go to Africa and the Middle East.
The conference will focus on key issues relating to humanitarian assistance, stabilisation and development cooperation in the region. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will open the conference at 10.15…
Fassil Tadesse is chief executive officer of a textile company and president of the Ethiopian Textile and Garment Manufacturers’ Association.
For the third time, following previous handovers in 2011 and 2014, human remains will be returned to Namibia, escorted by members of their communities, the churches and the two governments.
Reports on Libya are often limited to the subjects of the militia and illegal migration. Ten young Libyan photographers set themselves the goal of showing a more diversified image of their homeland. The first event was an exhibition organised by the Goethe-Institut in Tunis.
The German government has significantly improved the conditions for state export credit guarantees for exports to selected African countries and thus made it easier for German companies to export their products there. As a consequence, it has been possible to realise numerous projects.
Chancellor Merkel to discuss economy and migration during trip to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria this week.
Talks between Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Angolan Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto focused on German Angolan economic issues and Angola’s role as an actor in southern Africa. Both countries intend to continue to develop their relations.
Futuristic worlds are often shaped by Western visions of humankind’s destiny. Afrofuturism offers an alternative that emphasises how entrenched mainstream science fiction genre has become. This African-inspired vision is gathering ground in film, literature and music.
The countries around the Mediterranean Sea harbour an infinite number of cultural treasures and a unique history that unites them. This is why we need strategies and projects that help us preserve our common roots.
Around 140 million women and girls around the world are victims of genital mutilation. This traditional practice violates elementary human rights. Many women suffer life-long health problems and many girls die as a result of complications.
Following his meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Angola’s President João Lourenço called for investment in his country’s infrastructure. Angola is Africa’s second largest oil exporter, and is now aiming to diversify its economy. The country wants to become more attractive to investors.
Judith Yawa Aggor-Edorh has lived in Germany since 2004. She has started a family here and also obtained recognition for her Ghanaian qualification in order to be able to work as a custom tailor.
Young Moroccans are completing a dual apprenticeship in Germany, laying the foundation for a future career in the hospitality industry.
The journalist Julia Leeb makes news into a virtual reality experience. She ‘beams’ her viewers into the jungle or to the centre of a refugee camp.
The German Ministry of Education and Research awarded grantees of the Foundation the German-African Innovation Promotion Prize.
The German Foreign Office has been responsible for humanitarian aid abroad for 50 years. Germany was the world’s second largest donor in 2017.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement on August 18 on the death of Kofi Annan.
At a biosphere reserve on the border between Togo and Benin, the local people are taking responsibility for nature conservation.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has thanked the President of the Republic of the Niger, Issoufou Mahamadou, for the “extremely successful cooperation” in the fight against illegal migration. Germany, she said, will help create prospects in the region, in terms of education and positive economic development.
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