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.
Christmas baking recipes
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.
50 years of development cooperation
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.
Germany supports EDCTP: A ground-breaking programme
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.
COP20/CMP10 kicks off in Peru
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.
Southern, East Africa Venture Bus
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).
Germany scores first in Nation Brands Index
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.
Support for vocational training partnership with Kenya