1. Namibian and German water experts explain sampling procedures to local politicians Germany and Namibia join forces to address water scarcity
  2. Energiewende conference 2015 in Berlin Concepts for intelligent transition to renewable energy
  3. African elephants Botswana sends strong signal for wildlife protection
Namibian and German water experts explain sampling procedures to local politicians

Germany and Namibia join forces to address water scarcity

Namibia and Germany have developed a joint project on groundwater management that focuses on the collection, storage and assessment of groundwater data. This helps the Namibian water community confront the challenges of water scarcity by conducting supply planning based on sound information.

Energiewende conference 2015 in Berlin

Concepts for intelligent transition to renewable energy

The German government, joined by the Federal Association for Renewable Energy, is hosting the first Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2015 from March 26-27. The global energy elite will meet in Berlin to shape concepts for an intelligent transition towards renewable energy on a global level.

African elephants

Botswana sends strong signal for wildlife protection

Poaching and the trade in poached animals or animal parts are one of the main concerns of conservationist worldwide. During the international conference on illegal wildlife trade in Kasane, Botswana on March 25, all 35 participating states agreed upon intensifying the global fight against poaching.

German Ambassador Hückmann, Namibian Minister of Trade and Industry Schlettwein and Prof. Tjivikua

Namibia and Germany: 25 years of a close partnership

Germany established diplomatic relations with Namibia when the country gained independence on March 21, 1990. Since then the two countries have enjoyed an extremely close and fruitful partnership, underpinned by very successful development cooperation, political dialogue, trade and investment, and vibrant programs in the fields of culture, education and science.

Angela Merkel during the press conference

Plane crashes in southern France

Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her shock at the news that a plane belonging to a German airline has crashed. Her deepest sympathy, she says, goes to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives. Angela Merkel will be visiting the crash site herself on Wednesday.

Tariro in studio with Jamaram

New Zimbabwean-German album released in Harare

A joint album by German reggae band Jamaram and a group of Zimbabwean artistes was launched in the Zimbabwean capital Harare on March 20th ahead of a promotional tour of Germany next month.

Cotton field in Ethiopia

Ethiopia joins sustainable cotton initiative

The Aid by Trade Foundation will now be involved in sustainable cotton farming in North-Western Ethiopia, supporting over 9,000 smallholder farmers. As a result, the initiative now reaches over 5 million people in 10 sub-Saharan African nations.

Vaccination of children

Tuberculosis research takes off

For 80 years there was essentially a lull in tuberculosis research. Indeed, the last scientific breakthrough in 1921, the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, still forms the central pillar of tuberculosis prevention. But recently there are a number of promising new vaccine candidates.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier during Review 2014.

Conclusions from Review 2014

“Crisis – Order – Europe” is the title of the final report from the year‑long project Review 2014 – A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy. It highlights the experiences of the review process, which included discussions with experts from Germany and abroad, public debate in Germany, panel discussions, workshops, simulations and talks with Foreign Office staff.

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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. 

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, 2015.

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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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