Talking to an Ethiopian about his home country, you might hear him saying “Ethiopia is not Africa”. Indeed, there are quite a few distinct aspects of Africa’s second largest state (in population).
Germany's rising partner in East Africa
The German Week was officially opened on May 15 in Nairobi's National Museum. The new event is meant to showcase the kind of relationship Germany enjoys with Kenya. The platform intends to foster interactions amongst Germans and Kenyans to create an understanding of the relationship between the two countries.
Opening of German Week in Nairobi
In the light of the refugee drama in the Mediterranean, the meeting of EU Foreign and Defence Ministers on May 18 focused on joint European action. In addition to stepping up sea rescue operations, the joint multi-phase strategy provides for improved intelligence concerning the situation in the Mediterranean.
EU mission in the Mediterranean on rescuing refugees
The goal of advancing improvements to infrastructure through regional integration has made a major step. The Southern African Development Community's (SADC) Project Preparation and Development Fund (PPDF) has approved its first project. Germany is proud to support this fund with 4.8 million Euro.
SADC fund receives 4.8 million Euro from Germany
Once a year the small Bavarian town of Würzburg becomes the setting for an extraordinary multicultural African music and art gathering. Attracting more than 2 million enthusiastic fans since it began in 1989, the Africa Festival 2015 welcomes famous artists from across the continent, enriching handsomely Germany's festival landscape with African beats and rich cultural traditions.
Germany's top annual Afro music festival
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.
Nigeria establishes development bank along German model
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.
Green Talents 2015: Call for Applications
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.
Competition “Planetary Urbanism – Critique of the Present”