Sustainable and earthquake-proof - the African Union’s Peace and Security Building.
A new Fairtrade coffee is set to hit the market in Germany in summer 2018 – it is ‘100% made by women’ in Rwanda and marketed in Germany.
With C&’s Julie Abricot, the painter Thierry Oussou explains why his work for the 10th Berlin Biennale is a piece of contemporary remembrance and why we don't need more heroes.
Malawi blazes a trail with the creation of a single, integrated database for social protection programmes.
The British Association of Black Photographers initiated an edition of its internationally touring programme Black Chronicles. Themba Tstosi looks into an exhibition of photos that had been hidden in a drawer.
In the second largest refugee camp in Kenya, farmers are coming together to produce vegetables – and the surrounding communities are benefiting too.
AHK Services Eastern Africa Ltd organised a business delegation trip to Uganda and Rwanda, intended for German companies active in the area of civil-security technologies and services.
To strengthen Germanys strong leadership role in global health, a new strategy will be developed, led by the German Ministry of Health, in close consultation with other relevant ministries and with input from non-state actors.
In contrast to most biennials, the 10th Berlin Biennale is a collaborative effort by five curators, led by South African born Gabi Ngcobo. With no unifying theme, it is a thought-provoking biennial that flatly refuses to take on the burden of identity politics, writes Liese Van Der Watt.
German and Israeli doctors are helping set up a cardiology clinic in Tanzania. And they don’t only treat children with heart problems; there is another task that is almost even more important.
Kenyan company KOKO Networks brings together suppliers, retailers and consumers – at digital order stations in small shops. The online business is starting off with a modern kitchen stove.
The population of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes has more than doubled in the past three decades. These pushs the total number of wild mountain gorillas in the world to over 1000.
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In Africa, only eight percent of school graduates go on to university, far less than the global average. An initiative promoted by KfW intends to improve Africa's higher education landscape.
A pilot project has been launched to change the educational situation in Malawi - with the help of tablet computers. The German Development Bank KfW will join the project in 2018. The primary school teacher Sithembile Naming'ona reports about her expierence with it.
‘Leaving no one behind’ is one of the principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Disadvantaged groups benefit the most – more than two million schoolchildren in Malawi, for example.
Many humanitarian crises unfold far from the public eye. With the #nichtvergesser campaign, the German Foreign Office and aid organisations are drawing people’s attention to this issue.
The election of the non-permanent members of the Security Council took place in the United Nations General Assembly on June 8, 2018, which Foreign Minister Maas also attended.
The European Union Delegation Office in Kampala has announced the 2018 Euro-Uganda Film Festival (EUFF) line-up of 21 diverse and acclaimed films.
At the end of May the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association VDMA, with thirteen of its members, explored the food industry in South Africa.
A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement on June 8, 2018 on the situation in Ethiopia:
The Cross-Border Network of Ugandan and South Sudanese radios is young, but gathering momentum. Supported by DW Akademie, it brings journalists together in exchanging radio programmes, particularly on refugee issues.
One year after the opening of the Zeitz MOCAA Museum in Cape Town, the museum’s director Mark Coetzee has resigned. Will his departure mean that the museum is finally taking a step toward exposing a more diverse mix of African talent? Sean O’Toole is not so sure.
A German Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement on June 5, 2018 on the situation in Mali:
Sport inspires people all over the world. In countries such as Afghanistan, Brazil, Namibia, and the Palestinian territories, sport is used to support and teach knowledge to children and young people.
Enwezor had served as director of the Haus der Kunst since 2011 and has considerably strengthened the museum's international Reputation.
Libya goes to the polls in 2018. Citizens of many municipalities are called on to vote for their local councils. DW Akademie helps politicians and journalists by providing them with communication skills training.
The minefields at the heart of Africa are over a 2,690-kilometres journey from Namibia’s Atlantic coast. For Namibia, the bridge over the Zambezi at Katima Mulilo is a symbol of freedom and cornerstone of economic development.
With support from the Goethe-Institut, the Berlin electro band Symbiz travelled East Africa to meet and connect with African artists.
Globalisation is not passing Africa by. Investments in the continent are turning out to be increasingly attractive.
Chef Mangi Meli fought the German colonial power until he was arrested and executed in Moshi in the early twentieth century. The actor, author and director Konradin Kunze talks about his video sculpture of Mangi Meli’s story being made in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Dar es Salaam.
A press study carried out in cooperation with DW Akademie reveals that women in the media have a hard time in Burkina Faso's male dominated society - even harder than in other industries.
University of Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies collaborated with Goethe Zentrum Harare and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in an exhibition which ran at the Harare-based gallery from March 29 to April 28, 2018.
Ethiopia’s textile industry is booming. Growing numbers of people are set to benefit from the new jobs it is creating.
Evaluations help the German development agency GIZ to achieve lasting improvements in their work. At the same time, they generate transparency for commissioning parties, clients and the general public.
This article by German Ambassador to Namibia Christian Schlaga has been published in Republikein Newspaper on May 21, 2018.
SADC and German government signed Agreement about further funding to support the largest conservation area in the world, the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) transfrontier conservation area.
The school received a prize for their school partnership project on the world conference of the German Chambers of Commerce in Berlin.
The Indian anthropologist Arjun Appadurai about the concept of "Theory of the South".
On behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), KfW is providing 35 million Euro in the DRC's provinces of North and South Kivu to support food security for refugees and returning IDPs, as well as for the communities and families hosting them.
A German Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement on May 18 on yesterday’s constitutional referendum in Burundi.
No. Some people are trying to spread rumours and fool football fans – don’t trust them!
Terror, hunger and millions of displaced persons – the Lake Chad region is one of the most dangerous trouble spots in Africa. Germany is actively supporting a diplomatic approach to resolving the causes of the crisis.
Migration advisory centres, such as those in the Balkan states, the Maghreb and West Africa, provide young people with information about work and training opportunities – giving them a new sense of direction.
Short and sweet - project manager Dani Leese on the advantages of no-nonsense communication in Windhoek.
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Goethe-Institut in Cairo, the Minister of State for International Cultural Policy, Michelle Müntefering, issued the following statement in Berlin on May 9:
A German-Tunisian advice centre in Tunis aims to integrate returnees from Europe and improve the job prospects of young Tunisians.
Miriam Ohlsen, DW Akademie’s Country Representative in Uganda describes how the African concept of time affects her daily work.
Anne-Katrin Niemeier, who heads a project that supports the peace process in the West African state of Mali, talks about successes and challenges of her work.
The Bundeswehr will continue to be involved in international foreign missions. The Cabinet has extended the mandates for missions in Mali, South Sudan and Darfur, and in the Mediterranean. In the field of security policy, Germany stands for reliability.
An international initiative is supporting around 76,000 smallholder farmers in increasing their rice harvest and improving quality, enabling them to earn higher incomes. They also benefit from partnerships with processing companies.
Seven weeks after taking Office, the German Foreign Minister took his first official trip to Africa.
In Ghana you can say and write what you like. But DW Akademie is working here because, as local project manager Aarni Kuoppamäki writes, freedom of speech is just the starting point.
At the Goethe-Institut in Nairobi, artist Jared Onyango captured the violent nature of the process of deconstructing historical meanings attached to the black skin. Contemporaryand.com author, Enos Nyamor, looks into Onyango’s performance and how it transcends aesthetics using ritual.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement prior to his departure for Ethiopia and Tanzania:
Sierra Leone has ambitious development goals, and mining is its major driving force behind growth.
The birthing process in Malawi is risky for both mothers and their babies. In the battle against high mortality rates among mothers and children, KfW is supporting an initiative to make sure women are transferred to health stations in time to give birth.
Gender equality plays a key role in the GIZ’s health project in West Africa. The new Global Health 50/50 Report proves this key role.
Sustainable tourism in Morocco generates income and employment for the rural Population.
Moviegoers rarely get the chance to watch African films. But that may be changing as DW Akademie is helping African filmmakers gain international exposure. One of the productions was even striving for an Oscar.
Nelson Ernesto Nhamutole, the curator of the paleontological laboratory in Maputo, talks about common aspects in Mozambique about Germans, and why he brought over 250 million year old fossils from his home country.
Nour Eddine Bellahbib from Morocco talks about working with migrants as a programme coordinator of the non-governmental organization "Assocication Beni Znassen pour la Culture, le Développement et la Solidarité", as well as his expectations of participating in the CrossCulture Programme in Germany.
Since the end of January, over 550 people have obtained information from the centre in Dakar about job openings, training courses and opportunities for migrating to Germany.
The library of the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg houses a "Cultural Entrepreneurship Hub". Curator Nthato Malope speaks about the special place, the work he does with the different hubbers and his participation in the Munich Creative Business Week.
The German Foreign Office calls on the Government of the DR Congo to do everything in its power to support the humanitarian aid workers
In the Congo, the art scene is largely dominated by men. The project Kinshasa 2050: Les femmes d’abord aims to empower female artists to have confidence in their ideas and to develop and present their own projects.
In one of Togo's largest cities, citizens provide their views about current city planning projects via text message.
Mauritania has one of the richest fishing grounds in the world, but this abundance is whetting some overindulgent appetites. KfW has financed a digital surveillance system for the coast guard to help protect Mauritania’s rights within the 200-mile zone.
Many people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo know nothing but a life afflicted by armed conflict and threats to their lives. The KfW Peace Fund is helping to build up a functioning civil society, offering alternatives to combat and crime.
Young entrepreneurs in Tunisia are breaking new ground and becoming environmental trailblazers.
A pilot project in the Masai region illustrates how small-scale solar power generation benefits local businesses.
In Chad, locals and refugees have to get by on very little. With seeds and training, it is hoped that harvests will improve.
This is how the German Water Partnership is committed to clean water worldwide.
Ethiopia's textile industry is on the upswing, and a few German companies are working to further bolster its growth.
Intuition for pressure points: How the blind physiotherapist and ifa CrossCulture fellow Yassine Rihani promotes human rights in Tunisia.
The Competitive Cashew Initiative, organised by the GIZ, helps cashew farmers in West Africa increase yields and the quality of their produce.
Commenting on the presidential elections in Egypt scheduled for March 26 to 28, 2018, Bärbel Kofler, Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Foreign Office, issued the following statement on March 15.
Decentralised power grids and umbilical cord clamps from a 3D printer: start-ups in Africa are certainly innovative – but a good idea alone is not enough. Germany supports start-ups in developing countries, and especially in Africa.
Media reports that German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has signed an agreement with Gambian President Adama Barrow for 1,500 Gambians to be returned from Germany to The Gambia are not true.
The Namibian housing sector continues to be plagued by a range of issues and inefficiencies. On these issues, the recent study “Housing in Namibia: Rights, Challenges and Opportunities” was launched by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) with the support of Germany.
In 2017, 19 young researchers from all over the world received fellowships to carry out projects on climate action and resource conservation at German host institutions. The goal of the one-year stay is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, methods and techniques.
On Wednesday, March 14, Heiko Maas took over from his predecessor Sigmar Gabriel as Minister for Foreign Affairs. Both Maas and Gabriel warned against the desire to seek isolation at a time of international crises.
A lottery ticket for immigration to Germany just a click away – sounds too good to be true? It is. There is no such thing as a lottery for coming to Germany. Be careful of fake websites and rumours on social media.
The Gauteng Department of Health, in partnership with Right to Care and Right ePharmacy, have launched the first African ‘ATM pharmacy’ with Support from Germany. This ground-breaking South African innovation allows patients with chronic illnesses to receive repeat medication within three minutes.
The German choir "Junges Vokalensemble Hannover" will have a concert tour in South Africa and Namibia from March 16 until April 1 2018. They are following invitations both by the state government of Lower Saxony and by partner choirs in Cape Town, Windhoek, and Swakopmund.
In Senegal, students are researching the potential of renewable energies. GIZ is supporting a new study programme.
Sustainable production of argan oil in Morocco generates new tourism products leading to more income and employment for the rural population.
The 3rd German-African Business Summit (GABS) will take place on February 11 to 13, 2019 in Accra, Ghana. The GABS is organised by the Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative of German Business (SAFRI) every two years.
The global aerospace industry comes together in Berlin this April - ILA slated to become the world’s leading innovation trade fair - Featuring revolutionary technologies from areas like mobility 4.0, digitalisation and climate.
Brigitte Zypries, Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, is opening the German-Ghanaian Business Forum together with Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Berlin.
Em’kal Eyongakpa from Cameroon is the first recipient of the Henrike Grohs Art Award, conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family. He will be awarded with a 20.000 Euro cash prize on March 13, 2018 in Abidjan.
One of the world's largest nature conservation areas is being created in Southern Africa. The plan involves linking 36 individual conservation areas and national parks in Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to form the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).
Farid El-Houzia lived in Dortmund for almost 20 years before moving back to his native Morocco. On his return, he formed INOSER, an IT start-up that provides digital solutions for classroom teaching.
"The people of Africa often have the wrong picture," says Souleymane Sagna from Senegal. He therefore wants to communicate a realistic picture of the life as a refugee in Germany. The human rights lawyer is gaining insight into the work of the association "Freundeskreis Asyl" in Karlsruhe.
On behalf of German ministries, the GIZ mobilised medical experts that are helping people to spot infectious diseases early and introduce immediate countermeasures. In February 2018 this team was sent to Benin to assist in treating patients infected with Lassa fever.
As part of the Pan African Soil Challenge the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Ethiopia is offering a journalistic scholarship within the project "A bridge to Africa". The scholarship includes a one-month stay at the German Research Centre in Jülich and a one-week trip to Accra.
Ghana is an exemplary nation in West Africa, said Chancellor Angela Merkel following her meeting with Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo. The German government would like to develop the partnership for reform that began with the G20 "Compact with Africa" on a bilateral basis with Ghana, she reported.
German triathlete Jonas Breinlinger was first to cross the finish line beating 14 others to win the elite men’s top prize. The 2018 edition of the Troutbeck ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup was held in the eastern part of Zimbabwe on February 17.
Green Innovation Centres were opened as an initiative that enables GIZ to promote new methods and technologies geared to boosting productivity and income for small farmers. They benefit more than 10,000 families in western Kenya.
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