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.
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.
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.
A new production process could make the active ingredient artemisinin available to millions of malaria patients all over the world. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute have developed a new method, in which they use substances from plant waste to produce artemisinin.
Em’kal Eyongakpa (Cameroon), Georgina Maxim (Zimbabwe) and Makouvia Kokou Ferdinand (Togo) have been shortlisted for the first Henrike Grohs Art Award, conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family. The winner will be announced on March 6 and awarded on March 13 in Abidjan.
The EU is supporting the Sahel region in the fight against terrorism and organised crime. With the G5 Sahel Joint Force, the five Sahel states not only protect people in their own region. They are also doing a valuable job for Europe.
In the past, the Abdallah family barely grew enough tomatoes for themselves, but now they even need helpers in their fields. Arid land is becoming fertile again in Chad.
In Ethiopia the development worker Karolina Santana is involved in an innovative approach to preventing HIV. The setting is a traditional coffee ceremony, a popular ritual in Ethiopia, the birthplace of the popular beverage.
Twelve top diplomats at the Ministry are launching their own Twitter accounts. Some have a regional focus – for example policy on Asia, Africa, or Eastern Europe, while others cover specific issues, such as Brexit, stabilisation and humanitarian aid.
Dr Bärbel Kofler, Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (February 20) on the suspension of the death penalty in the Gambia:
Sofiane Kallel lived and worked in Germany for many years before returning to Tunisia in 2000. Having trained as an IT engineer in Karlsruhe, he is now helping to develop renewable energy in Tunisia – with two companies of his own.
Isatou Joof is a disaster manager and works with migrants in Gambia. During an exchange stay with the German Red Cross she is taking care of female refugees in need.
An innovative health insurance scheme, jointly funded by BMZ via German Development Bank KfW and Tanzania’s National Health Insurance Fund, improves pregnant women’s access to safe delivery services and provides financial protection for them and their families.
Silja Fieblinger literally moves people in Windhoek – by planning public bus services, setting things in motion, and helping to fight poverty.
Surafel Mengistu trained as a nurse in Germany. His desire to help others led him to volunteer in his native country, Ethiopia, where he applies his expertise at a nursing home of the Macedonias Humanitarian Association.
A Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (February 20) on the situation in Ethiopia:
With the help of the GIZ two new vocational training centres were opened in Tunisia. One focuses on training for the textile industry and the other one on training in drywall construction.
Development State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn opened the new German centre for jobs, migration and reintegration in Senegal's capital Dakar.
Aziz Chiki went to university in Germany and worked as a safety and security engineer. After 22 years abroad, he returned to Morocco to produce olive oil, primarily to help his home country.
Germany supported the construction of a new vocational training centre in Oujda to provide training in sustainable energy sources.
The Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI) offers refugees scholarships to study at universities in their host countries.
WikiAfrica and the Goethe-Institut South Africa are working together on the project Wiki Loves Women to encourage publications on Wikipedia about influential African women.
Mary Gina Angaun helps poor farmers and vulnerable communities in North-Eastern Uganda. In Germany she studies the integration of refugees.
Despite Ethiopia’s abundance of renewable energy, only a small proportion of its population has an electricity supply. However, this proportion is growing.
For two months the Sudanese Emam Abdelgadir has been working for the organisation "Act for Transformation" in Germany. His stay is part of a programme that promotes an exchange of knowledge between African and German organisations.
The Digital Agenda of the BMZ provides a guiding framework for the implementation of digital projects.
Fragile is Wolfgang Tillmans’s first exhibition on the African continent. The premiere in the capital of the Democatic Republic of the Congo is organised together with the Goethe-Institut Kinshasa and will tour several African cities in the coming years.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the University of Gondar recently launched the “Cultures of Democracy in Ethiopia” publication, which sheds light on Ethiopia’s historical roots in democracy.
Urban areas in Egypt develop without planning and the effects of climate change impact negatively on living conditions in these areas. A programme funded by the BMZ shall raise awareness of environmental issues and offer training and support in organisation development.
BMZ and UNICEF join forces for adolescents’ access to sexual health treatment, care and support in Malawi.
Kilmé Sina fled from the militant group Boko Haram and sought refuge in Chad. After spending years of uncertainty living in fear, the Cameroonian refugee and her family are now starting over with support of the GIZ.
A Foreign Office spokesperson issued the following statement today against the backdrop of the start of the South Sudan peace talks.
An alliance of governments, companies and civil society actors in Africa and beyond is bringing new economic power to Africans through training.
Trauma therapist Sally Elgizouli wanted to understand what kind of experiences refugees from her home country carried with them to Europe. In a housing group for minors in Stuttgart, she delved into their stories.
Andrew Zaloumis is the founder and CEO of the national park with the largest coastline in Africa, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa. The park is home to 220 kilometres of untouched natural coast, mountains and wetlands.
In Morocco, climate change manifests itself in the form of heatwaves with periods of drought and intense rains with flooding. When fields, companies and streets flood, crops are lost, processing comes to a standstill and agricultural products cannot be transported to market and to consumers.
Ethiopia's booming export economy is delighted about Africa's largest centre for air freight – which was planned and furnished by Unitechnik, a medium-sized company from Germany.
Women need to acquire a good level of media literacy to participate in social discussions and protect themselves from cyberbullying. An expert meeting held by DW Akademie in Nairobi, Kenya came to this conclusion.
Needs the history of pop music to be rewritten? One of its yet undiscovered sources is the music of Mauritania. The Goethe-Institut Senegal supported jazz pianist Mike Herting’s project to capture the musical heritage of Mauritania.
Many African countries are struggling with the consequences of climate change and global warming: more frequent droughts. An innovative form of drought insurance has successfully completed its test run.
Germany’s Senior Experten Service (SES) has partnered with ZimTrade to boost the country's small and medium enterprise space. The partnership is in an effort to increase an enterprise's ability to create solid business partnerships and to promote local investment.
The German government has committed 700,000 Euro to UNHCR for 2018, and the money has been earmarked for the refugee emergency response in Angola and Zambia.
The unpredictable nature of Tanzania’s energy supply makes it difficult for entrepreneurs to do business there. Solar power could be answer to solving this problem.
This year's EU AU Summit motto was "Investing in youth for a sustainable future". With majority of Africa's population comprising of young people, creating sustainable opportunities for them was at the top of the agenda.
The Egg to Go project in Zimbabwe is helping chicken farmers who suffered losses from the outbreak of bird flu slowly rebuild their businesses.
An international initiative is committed to ensuring that the economic upturn benefits locals and businesses in various parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
Violence against women has always been a global issue. The "Successfully preventing Violence Against Women and Girls: Prevention in the International Context" conference, which was recently held in Germany, aimed to develop strategies to prevent such violence.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the African Union-European Union Summit in Abidjan, and called for a bigger focus on migration in order to control human trafficking, illegal migration and to prevent people from risking their lives during migration.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel travelled to Abidjan for the African Union-European Union Summit on November 28. In Ivory Coast’s capital, the Foreign Ministers will discuss issues that are crucial to developments in Africa and the EU.
The German news agency Deutsche Welle (DW) Akademie opened its third office in Africa. The Windhoek office organises numerous projects throughout the country with the focus on media development in rural areas and media competence for young target groups.
The Goethe-Institut Johannesburg is currently running a multi-disciplinary project that seeks to empower and develop the talent of local artists.
An initiative by the German Economic Development and Cooperation Ministry aims to help combat the causes of forced displacement in Africa – and mitigate the consequences. The aim is to help people integrate in a new country or support them to re-establish in their home country.
Due to the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the German Embassy in Zambia is going to provide humanitarian relief supplies worth around 50,000 Euros to refugees coming to Zambia.
The future of Africa lies in the hands of Africa’s young professionals. Germany is working as a partner in education and research to improve their chances and prepare them for the challenges their countries face.
All over the word, finding black women working within the science sector still remains rare. The Goethe-Institut Johannesburg wants to change this with their science intitiative for black South African girls.
Germany is implementing the Valetta Agreement on migration in Africa, and a fund that will be used on refugee issues has been provided to the African Union to solve migration problems in the region.
How to deal with mass migration? German politicians are convinced that it is best to fight the root causes that make people leave their countries.
The German Ambassador to Zambia and representatives from Mozambique and Zambia came together to process a bilateral border treaty.
Germany will invest 35 million Euro towards vaccination and scholarship programmes for East African students in a bid to improve health and education in the region.
Vicfold Recyclers from Nigeria was the winner of the #youforG20 contest. Founder Amusa Victor esplains what has happened since then, including current challenges and successes.
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn came to a successful end as the 197 Parties achieved important progress on implementing the Paris Agreement, and by creating the Talanoa Dialogue.
The German government, in cooperation with Goldfields Ghana, have launched the YouHoP project that provides jobs for young people in Ghana's agricultural sector.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, pointing out Europe’s responsibility to fight global warming, and encouraged international participation and cooperation.
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