1. German parliamentary delegation during visit to Nairobi German parliamentary delegation visits Kenya
  2. Wall of remembrance with the names of the dead Rwanda and the world remember
  3. GIC Africa @GICAfrica launches Twitter Channel
German parliamentary delegation during visit to Nairobi

German parliamentary delegation visits Kenya

A visiting German parliamentary delegation to Kenya has lauded the country’s commitment to a cleaner environment and use of renewable energy.  It found that Kenya was on the right path to ensure its environment remained cleaner through adopting geothermal and solar as sources of energy. The six-member delegation was on a three-day visit to Kenya, April 14-16.

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.

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.

College student

Humboldt Foundation call for applications

Researchers from developing and transition countries are encouraged to consider the recent call for applications from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Applications and nominations are now being accepted for the Georg Forster Research Award and Georg Forster Research Fellowship. The award comes with 60,000 Euro in prize money and the fellowships between 2,650 -3,150 Euro per month. Deadlines are May 15 and mid-June, 2014 respectively.

German firm mp-tec GmbH founds joint venture with local investors in Ghana

Germany encourages SMEs to expand commercial activities in Ghana

The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) together with Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) identified six countries to which German exporters should pay more attention in the Government's view. Ghana features in this list of top export markets for 2014.

The Brass Big Band Connection tour 2014

German Brass Big Band on tour in Uganda

The Brass Big Band Connection tour 2014 has begun with a performance in Kampala on April 12. This is the band's fourth visit to Uganda and it will hold several concerts and conduct workshops with Ugandan brass bands in various parts of the country to promote musical and cultural exchange.

Internally desplaced in the Central African Republic (archive)

Germany wants to support EU mission in the Central African Republic

On April 8, the German Cabinet authorised the Bundeswehr to participate in the European stopgap mission “EUFOR RCA” in the Central African Republic. The German soldiers’ main task will be the strategic transportation of the wounded. The German Bundestag still has to give its approval – the vote is set to take place this week.

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!

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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.

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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.