1. Wall of remembrance with the names of the dead Rwanda and the world remember
  2. GIC Africa @GICAfrica launches Twitter Channel
  3. The Bobs 2014 Deutsche Welle's 10th Bobs competition opens for online voting
Wall of remembrance with the names of the dead

Rwanda and the world remember

It has been 20 years since the start of the genocide in Rwanda. German Foreign Minister Steinmeier addressed the Bundestag in remembrance, emphasizing the failure of the international community in Rwanda and the need to live up to its responsibility to do everything in its power to prevent genocide. A diplomat describes coming to terms with this past.

GIC Africa

@GICAfrica launches Twitter Channel

The German Information Centre Africa is proud to announce the launch of its new Twitter channel, @GICAfrica. As of March 28, the virtual information centre will further amplify its reach, making the very same comprehensive coverage of German activities and committment to Africa available to Twitter followers worldwide.

The Bobs 2014

Deutsche Welle's 10th Bobs competition opens for online voting

The 10th edition of Deutsche Welle's international award for the best in online activism, the Bobs, is now open for online voting. Stay interconnected and participate - vote today!

A microfinance group in Butembo, North Kivu DRC

Weekly Feature: Microfinance helps Africans help themselves

German development assistance is based on the principle of subsidiarity and very often employs microfinance as a means out of poverty. Microfinance enables poor people to access financial services necessary for setting up their own small businesses or to simply escape poverty. As an example of advancing microfinance systems in Africa, Germany’s development bank KfW is currently running two microfinance projects in Ghana.

Chancellor Merkel and AU President Dlamini-Zuma

EU-Africa Summit draws to a close in Brussels

The 4th EU-Africa Summit in Brussels drew to a close on April 3 after the more than 60 African and EU leaders, including German chancellor Merkel, discussed the future of their relations and reinforcing the links between the continents. They issued a summit declaration highlighting the close EU-Africa relations and shared values of democracy, respect for human rights, the rule of law and good governance, as well as the right to development.

German soldiers training members of the Somali armed forces

Support for EU training mission in Somalia

On April 3 the German Bundestag approved the participation of up to 20 German soldiers in the EU training mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia). The aim of the mission is to provide training for members of the Somali armed forces. EUTM Somalia does not take part in combat operations.

German Foreign Minster Steinmeier with his Tanzanian counterpart Bernard Membe

Tanzania: 50 years of bilateral relations

German Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier arrived in Tanzania, his second African destination, on March 25. In Dar es Salaam, he met members of the Tanzanian Government and gave a talk at the local university on “50 years of bilateral relations between Germany and Tanzania”. This anniversary and the close partnership between the two countries in development cooperation are the focus of the visit.

Minister Müller at the airport in Juba, Republic of South Sudan

German Development Minister Müller visits South Sudan and Mali

On March 26, German Development Minister Gerd Müller left Germany to visit Mali and South Sudan. The main Main focus of his third Africa trip is the plight of the refugees and the food situation.

Digital society in Africa: The iHub in Nairobi

Germany dedicates a year of science to the digital society

The digital society is a society in transformation. Digital technologies play an important role in our everyday lives and provide us with a whole range of new options. Germany will host Science Year 2014 "The Digital Society", showing how research can produce new solutions to promote this development and focuses on the impact of the digital revolution.

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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.

Director's Corner

Director of the GIC Mr. Friedrich Schröder

What's new at the GIC Africa? Centre Director Friedrich Schröder offers a quick glimpse into the highlights at the GIC Africa for the coming quarter.