1. Children in Tanzania learn about the importance of vaccination and health Saving lives worldwide with the Vaccine Alliance
  2. Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi and Richard Cock 7th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival
  3. The flags are out in Davos on January 19 as the final preparation work takes place at the Congress Centre World Economic Forum 2015 begins in Davos
Children in Tanzania learn about the importance of vaccination and health

Saving lives worldwide with the Vaccine Alliance

Within the framework of Germany’s G7 Presidency, the German Development Ministry will host a donor conference for the Global Vaccine Alliance in Berlin on January 26- 27. German chancellor Angela Merkel will serve as patron of the event and welcome international donors to the conference.

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi and Richard Cock

7th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival

Following the theme “Masquerade”, the 7th Mozart Festival in Johannesburg invites its guests to explore the phenomenon of masks and disguises. A variety of concerts, workshops, master classes and collaborations will be organised from January 27 to February 8. Long-time sponsor Goethe Institute hosts a multidisciplinary collaboration between emerging South African artists on January 31.

The flags are out in Davos on January 19 as the final preparation work takes place at the Congress Centre

World Economic Forum 2015 begins in Davos

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) begins today in Davos, Switzerland. The gathering of leading international politicians, entrepreneurs, economists and intellectuals  will examine the theme "The New Global Context."  Germany's Chancellor will speak in Davos tomorrow about “Responsibilities in a Digital Age“ and the South African and Rwandan President will discuss growth in Africa during a panel discussion today.

February 5 - 15 the Berlinale 2015

Weekly Feature: Film Festivals in Germany  

Hollywood showcases the Academy Awards and Germany's capital boasts the Berlin International Film Festival, or the Berlinale. The glamorous and well-known film festival draws the attention of cineasts from around the world every February, but it is just one of over 100 film festivals hosted in Germany. With the Berlinale set to start on February 5, the GIC Africa explores the many diverse film fests that take place in Germany.

Chancellor Merkel speaks at remembrance ceremony of International Auschwitz Committee

Commemorating 70 years of the liberation of Auschwitz

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp by the Red Army in 1945. This year marks the 70th anniversary and Germany, through its leaders and special events, recognises this momentous occasion.

Ghana President was received in Berlin by German Chancellor Merkel

Ghana's President on official visit to Berlin

Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama was in Berlin for a three-day official visit, including meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. During his visit, Chancellor Merkel promised the West African state assistance in the fight against Boko Haram. The militia is perpetrating "abominable crimes", said Merkel following her meeting with Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama. They both advocated the establishment of an African intervention force.

Patriotic Front candidate and current Defence and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu addresses supporters

Zambia goes to the polls and Germany backs the process

Zambians go to the polls on January 20, after sitting President Micheal Sata passed away on October 28, 2014.  The German government has released 4.5 million Euro from its 2014 budget support as a contribution to the financing of the electoral process. This funding is in addition to promoting  political education at various levels and capacity-building within the governmental and civic organisations.

Studierende mit Laptop

Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

 “Wings to Fly” is a scholarship offered to pupils entering secondary schools

“Wings to Fly” scholarships in Kenya

In the presence of H.E. President Kenyatta, German Ambassador to Kenya, Andreas Peschke, participated in the official commissioning of 2,000 “Wings to Fly” scholarships at Kasarani Stadium on January 16. This year more than 600 scholarships have been sponsored through German Development Cooperation.

Ballon D'Or Award Gala Ceremony - Zurich

German Coaches and players honoured at Ballon D’Or

Two of Germany’s coaches, Joachim Löw and Ralf Kellermann, were awarded the World Coach of the Year awards for women’s and men’s soccer. Nadine Kessler was also crowned Women's World Player of the Year.

International Competition on Planetary Urbanism

It's time to rethink urbanisation, especially taking the environment into consideration. In an effort to raise awareness about climate change in the context of urban living and possibly providing solutions, Germany's Foreign Office supports a competition on information design awarded by ARCH+ Journal for Architecture and Urbanism. Those interested must register online by April 30 and submission deadline is May 31, 2014.

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Country of the Week Profiles

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The GIC Africa's Country of the Week series features individual African nations and their relationship with Germany. In the third edition South Africa is in focus. For five days, articles covering many aspects of bilateral ties with the African nation, from culture, politics and economics to  development cooperation, are in focus on the GIC pages. Here are all articles of previous countries, amongst them Kenya and Uganda!

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