1. Mechanisation during harvest Progress towards modernising African agriculture
  2. The Kenyan capital Nairobi Urban development and the role of religion in Kenya
  3. Chancellor Merkel and Indian PM Modi at opening ceremony of Hannover Messe on April 12 The next generation of industrial technology at Hannover Messe
Mechanisation during harvest

Progress towards modernising African agriculture

A three-day “Farmers’ Exchange across Continents” seminar was held recently in Lusaka, during which the German Farmers’ Association (DBV) and farmer's organisations in Africa focussed on ways to increase productivity and eradicate hunger in Africa through modernising agriculture.

The Kenyan capital Nairobi

Urban development and the role of religion in Kenya

Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Thomas Silberhorn, is currently spending four days in Kenya and Ethiopia. His visit to Kenya focused primarily on urban development. Today, his delegation arrived in Ethiopia, where the focus will be on the role of religion in conflict.

Chancellor Merkel and Indian PM Modi at opening ceremony of Hannover Messe on April 12

The next generation of industrial technology at Hannover Messe

A glimpse of the future awaits visitors at the world´s leading trade fair for industrial technology in Hanover, Germany. More than 5,000 exhibitors will display the latest developments in industrial production from April 13-17.

Visitors of the internet conference Re:publica

Weekly feature: Edgy blogger gathering evolves to shape digital culture

Berlin will be the focal point for those on the cutting edge of digital culture May 5-7, as the 7th re:publica conference gets underway. This is a dynamic gathering of individuals, creatives and those that take the lead in the evolution of the cyber universe, be it from bloggers, pundits, activists and programmers, to politicos, legal minds and executives. See how it has grown since its humble beginnings in 2007.

Nigeria's capital Abuja

KfW supports Nigeria in establishing development bank

Germany is providing support for the newly-founded Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), which is modelled on KfW, Germany's development bank. The German contribution from KfW's own funds is 200 million US dollars with the Nigerian government investing 300 million US dollars in equity capital.

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier at NATO Summit in Brussels

60 years of NATO membership

60 years ago the Paris Agreements made it possible for Germany to join NATO – a historic event with far-reaching consequences. When the German Chancellor Helmut Kohl travelled to see the then Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to hold negotiations on German unification in the summer of 1990, Germany’s membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was the big hurdle.

Green Talents

Green Talents Competition 2015 now open

Applications are now being accepted from young researchers interested in taking part in the Green Talents Competition 2015. The competition offers 25 winners the opportunity to promote their research in Germany and gain exclusive access to its sustainable development hotspots.

Lillian Mugisha and Kasujja Tonnie after return from Coaching course in Leipzig

Ugandan coaches thrive in Leipzig

Two Ugandan swimming coaches returned from Germany earlier this year after completing a five-month sports course. Trained in pedagogy and the German language, they are back in action at home, putting into practice the skills acquired and bolstering the human resource infrastructure in aquatics.

Solar energy

Renewable energy key to development in Swaziland

Developing Swaziland’s vast renewable energy resources would provide substantial socio-economic benefits for its population, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Swaziland Renewables Readiness Assessment estimates that bagasse, a by-product of the local sugar industry, could meet half of all domestic electricity demand while solar power could contribute substantially to the remaining demand.

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. 

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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Germany's Africa policy


Africa is a special focus of German foreign policy. Germany's policy towards Africa is value-based; its principles are respect for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Country of the Week Profiles

Himba Portrait

The GIC Africa's Country of the Week series features individual African nations and their relationship with Germany. In the latest edition Namibia 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 the articles from all of the countries featured: Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Namibia!