1. Human Rights Day 2014
  2. Goethe-Institut München, Eingang Goethe Centre Windhoek to be upgraded
  3. Prize-winning students of the Mandela School of Science & Technology Madiba's legacy of education honoured at Mvezo school

Human Rights Day 2014

December 10 is Human Rights Day. The advancement of human rights is a key objective of Germany's foreign policy. In addition to supporting the UN's 2014 campaign “Human Rights 365“, the German government's leadership in this field was recognized by the December 8 appointment of Ambassador Joachim Ruecker to serve as President of the UNHRC as of January 1, 2015.

Goethe-Institut München, Eingang

Goethe Centre Windhoek to be upgraded

The recently approved budget of the Goethe Institut, Germany's largest association of German cultural institutes worldwide, will allow it to expand its network – primarily in Africa.

Prize-winning students of the Mandela School of Science & Technology

Madiba's legacy of education honoured at Mvezo school

A year following his passing, South Africans and the world reflect on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Education was a key focus for Mandela and it has been promoted through a special school in Mveso, his birthplace. The Mandela School of Science and Technology completed its first full academic year on  December 3 with a special ceremony.

German christmas cookies

Weekly Feature: Christmas recipes "Weihnachtsgebäck"

When it gets dark early in the afternoon and windy and cold outside, it means that Christmas can’t be far away. The weeks before Christmas, Germans celebrate Advent, with candles, caroling and lots and lots of freshly baked holiday cookies and cakes such as Stollen from Dresden, Gingerbread from Nuremberg and cinnamon stars. Fill your own home with the warm smell of cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and other traditional Christmas spices.

Panel discussion in Kampala "Aid or Trade - What is the Way Ahead for Uganda?"

Celebrating 50 years of German-Ugandan partnership

On December 4, the German Embassy Kampala, GiZ, KfW and leading figures from the Ugandan government and partner organisations celebrated 50 years of Ugandan-German Development Cooperation. As part of the event, bilateral agreements for financial and technical cooperation worth a total of 97 million Euro were signed.

Working together to combat infectious diseases in Africa

Germany has contributed 110 million Euro to the renewed European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership programme (EDCTP) in Cape Town. The programme fights against neglected and poverty-related infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. Total funding amounts to more than 1.9 billion Euro.

Representatives attend opening meeting of UNFCCC COP20 plenary session in Lima

UN Climate Conference begins in Lima

Representatives of governments worldwide, NGOs, business, academicians and climate activists gathered on December 1 in the Peruvian capital for the 2014 UN Climate Conference. COP20 is the last major meeting before the all-important UN Climate Summit in Paris in December 2015, where hopes are high for a comprehensive, ambitious and legally-binding global deal to limit carbon emissions.

The Venture Bus on its maiden voyage in 2013

Real-time water quality app wins on Venture Bus

After a long journey through eight African countries, this year’s Southern and East Africa AMPION Venture Bus winners were chosen at the final events at AfricaCom in Cape Town and the Kigali innovation hub KLAB, respectively.

Berlin - Brandenburg Gate

Germany knocks USA off Best Nation top spot after 5 years

Germany ranked number one in a survey of global perceptions, pushing the USA out of the top spot. In addition to “sport excellence”, the attributes of ‘honest and competent government’, ‘investment climate’, and ‘social equality’ were scored the highest. After holding the number one place since 2009, the USA has this year been pushed down to second place by Germany, which now takes the lead in the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands IndexSM (NBISM).

Technisches Schulzentrum Sindelfingen

Germany commits 1.1 million Euro for vocational training

Germany has committed to financing a Vocational Training Partnership with Kenya that aims at providing trainings to graduates of high schools and universities to prepare them for the job market. In the initial phase of the programme to 2017, the project will receive funding in the amount of over 1.1 million Euro.

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German winter traditions

Snow-covered mountain range in Saxon Switzerland, Saxony, Germany

The cooler days and longer nights in Germany are beckoning the start of winter. With it comes the wonderful traditions and festive events surrounding Christmas and the New Year that brighten up a typically chilly and dark season and highlight the importance of sharing and caring. From November's St. Martin's Day through to New Year's celebrations, find out about Germany's annual traditions that make it such a special time.

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

Flag of the Republic of Southafrica

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!