1. Steinmeier together with Kenya´s president Kenyatta. Foreign Minister Steinmeier in Kenya
  2. Cotton plant in Africa Cotton made in Africa establishes sustainable cotton production in Uganda
  3. Tanzania began an immunisation campaign supported by Gavi to protect 21 million children against measles and rubella in October 2014 Record-breaking commitment to protect poorest children with vaccines
Steinmeier together with Kenya´s president Kenyatta.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier in Kenya

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's journey to the African continent concluded with a visit to Kenya. He was welcomed to Nairobi by Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed and subsequently met President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Cotton plant in Africa

Cotton made in Africa establishes sustainable cotton production in Uganda

Approximately 5,400 smallholder farmers from Uganda will now benefit from participation in the largest cotton initiative in Africa, Cotton made in Africa. With the successful verification of the Western Uganda Cotton Company and cooperating cotton farmers, CmiA is now engaged in improving the living conditions of farmers and their families through sustainable cotton farming.

Tanzania began an immunisation campaign supported by Gavi to protect 21 million children against measles and rubella in October 2014

Record-breaking commitment to protect poorest children with vaccines

Success beyond expectations: The pledging conference on January 27 for GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, actually surpassed its target of raising 7.5 billion US dollars. This sum will make it possible to immunise another 300 million children in developing countries. Germany too will be increasing its contribution, announced Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Weekly Feature: Dance comes alive in Joburg during two-week festival

South Africa’s contemporary dance scene bursts to life in Johannesburg from February 26 to March 15, when the city again hosts the annual festival Dance Umbrella. The Goethe Institute is a long-time partner of the festival and this year is supporting three productions and a workshop for choreographers.

Installing a solar water heating unit on the roof of a home outside Cape Town

Contributing to the renewable energy revolution in South Africa

South Africa enjoys some of the best year-round sunshine in the world and could be the next photovoltaic superstar. It also has substantial wind potential. A new South African National Certificate (Vocational) optional subject, Renewable Energy Technologies, has been developed for the renewable energy curriculum. Its introduction should provide support to the budding industry as well as jobs for many with these new skills.

Dar es Salaam

German President travels to Tanzania

German President Joachim Gauck will travel to Tanzania from February 2-6. During his visit he will have talks with President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, members of parliament and civil society representatives in Dar es Salaam.

Chancellor Merkel speaks at remembrance ceremony of International Auschwitz Committee

Commemorating 70 years of the liberation of Auschwitz

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp by the Red Army in 1945. This year marks the 70th anniversary and Germany, through its leaders and special events, recognises this momentous occasion.

Solar panels in desert landscape

Germany aids Zambia on path to sustainable energy

A sustainable energy sector is key to achieving meaningful economic development in any country. Zambia has set a target of universal access to clean, reliable energy at the lowest economic, social and environmental cost by 2030. Germany's leading position in the field provides fertile ground for sharing expertise, both from the private and public sector.

Ghana President was received in Berlin by German Chancellor Merkel

Ghana's President on official visit to Berlin

Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama was in Berlin for a three-day official visit, including meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. During his visit, Chancellor Merkel promised the West African state assistance in the fight against Boko Haram. The militia is perpetrating "abominable crimes", said Merkel following her meeting with Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama. They both advocated the establishment of an African intervention force.

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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, 2014.

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Country of the Week Profiles

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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!

Carnival in Germany - Germans go wild

Since November 11, Germany's fifth season, the time of carnival has started officially again! It is a time of elaborate parades, masks, balls and election of Carnival king and queen and official madness. The exact time of celebration and the traditions vary from region to region but it generally takes place in early spring, seven weeks before Easter. From now till then, much preparation will go into the speeches and decoration of the procession wagons.

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