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:
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.
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.
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 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.
The 'Green to Brown Report' brings climate experts together to encourage climate action and stimulate debates, writes the International Climate Initiative.
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.
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.
Threatened turtles find refuge in Ghana's Songor Lagoon, writes the International Climate Initiative.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has issued the following statement on the commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda, writes the German Foreign Office:
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 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.
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.
The German Investment and Development Cooperation (DEG) supports Ethopia by financing farming machinery for vocational training, writes German Development Bank 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.
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.
In Uganda, several 'Coffee Youth Teams' are being trained as independent experts in sustainable coffee-growing, writes the German Investment and Development Cooperation (DEG).
At a discussion about German involvement in African development, a diplomat from Botswana and the CEO of an investment firm bring in African perspectives, writes dandc.eu.
Charlotte Bayn is one of the first women to drive a bus in her home country, Ghana. And now transport in Accra is quicker, safer and more sustainable, writes the GIZ.
German Investment and Development Cooperation (DEG) belongs to KfW Group and promotes German and local private-sector enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets, writes the DEG.
Trade is a driver of development. DEG chairwoman Christiane Laibach explains the reasons, writes dandc.eu.
Aachen goes Eastriver - during their unprecedented joint presidencies of the UN Security Council, Germany and France intend to focus primarily on responsibility in conflicts, writes the German Foreign Office.
The bible has been stolen during the colonial area in 1902 and was exhibited in a German museum ever since, writes the German Embassy of Namibia.
Together with Africa, the EU is committed to greater security, climate protection, investment and education, says the German Foreign Office.
The 3rd German-African Business Summit in Accra concludes with tangible results for Ghanaian-German cooperation in the business sector, writes AHK Ghana.
The following statement on the situation in Libya and the recent meeting in Abu Dhabi was issued by the German Foreign Office on March 1st.
International artist residency programme Akademie Schloss Solitude is calling on artists to apply for fellowships taking place at Solitude Castle near Stuttgart, Germany, in 2020 and 2022, writes musicinafrica.net.
Some of the Mozambicans and Angolans who came as contract workers to East Germany 40 years ago stayed on and witnessed German unification at firsthand. Here are two of their stories, written by Deutsche Welle.
During his visit to Mali, Foreign Minister Maas is impressed by the work of German soldiers and police officers as part of the missions of the UN and the EU, writes the German Foreign Office.
The Federal Foreign Office is supporting a truth commission investigating human rights violations in the crisis state of Mali, writes the German Foreign Office.
At the first meeting of EU states and the Arab League, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the importance of multilateral cooperations, writes the German Bundesregierung.
With help from the German Investment and Development Company (DEG) Adenike Ogunlesi was able to build her own clothing store, writes the KfW.
Foreign Minister Maas is visiting Burkina Faso as part of his trip to West Africa. On his trip, he intends to emphasise the fact that Germany is a reliable partner in the area of crisis prevention, says the German Foreign Office.
In her speech on the 22nd of February, the Minister of State expressed her support of the African Women Leaders Network and pointed out woman's achievements for democracy and peacekeeping.
Germany is providing humanitarian assistance and supporting stabilisation measures in the country, one of Europe’s direct neighbours, in order to underpin the political process, says the German Foreign Office.
During his visit to Sierra Leone, Foreign Minister Maas intends to pledge further support for the country on its path to stability, says the German Foreign Office.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement on 24 February prior to his departure for Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Mali:
The project Action 4 Peacekeeping aims to ensure that United Nations peace missions take greater account of structural causes of conflict, says the German Foreign Office.
Germany is working on a systematic plan for responsible supply chains, says German Development Minister Gerd Müller.
Justus Nieschlag and Nina Eim won gold medals in the elite’s category of the Bonaqua Troutbeck ATU Triathlon African Cup while local athlete Matthew Denslow finished first at the youth Triathlon.
The largest outbreak of Ebola to date in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has already claimed the lives of over 500 people. Germany is helping to fight the disease, says the German Foreign Office.
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