1. The Police Programme Africa assists fragile, post-conflict states Police Programme Africa in eight countries
  2. Sidi Ahmed headed out of the city to get a sense of voting in rural areas Niger: The voice of the people, not just political platitudes
  3. Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged President Filipe Nyusi support in the fields of development and security Chancellor Merkel aims to step up dialogue with Mozambique
The Police Programme Africa assists fragile, post-conflict states

Police Programme Africa in eight countries

Since 2008, the GIZ has been implementing the Police Programme Africa on ­behalf of the German Foreign Office in a total of eight countries. Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Mauritania and South Sudan are taking part in the programme besides Niger.

Sidi Ahmed headed out of the city to get a sense of voting in rural areas

Niger: The voice of the people, not just political platitudes

Nigerien journalist Balkissa Sidi Ahmed has participated in conflict-sensitive reporting workshops since 2013. Has this changed her approach? She recalls her impressions of Niger's recent presidential run-off. The 34-year-old journalist was initially trained in this area of reporting by DW Akademie and went on to train as a trainer for conflict-sensitive reporting herself. Since 2014, she has been training colleagues and community journalists from the West African country's community radios in conflict-sensitive reporting.

Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged President Filipe Nyusi support in the fields of development and security

Chancellor Merkel aims to step up dialogue with Mozambique

Germany and Mozambique aim to uphold their political dialogue and step up economic relations, said Chancellor Angela Merkel following a meeting with President Filipe Nyusi in Berlin. Germany, she said, would like to help secure peace in Mozambique. Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the traditionally good and cordial relations between Germany and Mozambique. Today, more than 3,500 people from Mozambique live in Germany. "They are a bridge," she stressed.

Foreign Ministers Koenders and Steinmeier

Wind of change in the Sahel

Bert Koenders, Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier outline why the combined efforts of their two countries for the reconstruction process in Mali are so important. Published in the “Rheinische Post” newspaper on April 21.

Ruprecht Polenz

Special Envoy for German-Nambian Relations on Namibian colonial history

Ruprecht Polenz was a CDU Member of the Bundestag for 19 years and long-time Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, who returned from retirement to politics. As Special Envoy for German-Namibian Relations, Ruprecht Polenz is conducting the negotiations to reach a common understanding of German colonial history in Namibia.

European refugee crisis 2016

Asylum in Germany in perspective

2015 saw an unprecedented peak in migration to Germany. According to the official statistics of the German government a total of 476,649 asylum applications were submitted. This is 135 percent more than in the previous year. The majority of asylum seekers came from Syria, 34 percent of the applications. Here an overview on #RumoursAboutGermany.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier with participant at the Moving People Forum

Moving People Forum at German Foreign Office

In the “Station” at Berlin’s Gleisdreieck young participants discuss about foreign cultures and living together in a spirit of tolerance. This workshop is one of more than 20 that are on offer on the third and last day of the major education forum “Moving People – Forum on cultural relations and education policy” organized by the German Foreign Office from 13-15 April 2016 in Berlin.

President Obama and Chancellor Merkel opened the Hannover Messe 2016

Merkel and Obama open Hannover Messe 2016

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have jointly opened Hannover Messe on April 24. “Obama’s participation sends a special signal about Hannover Messe’s international appeal”, says Jochen Köckler, member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe AG. “In the midst of its reindustrialization, the USA has become a very attractive business partner for industry.”

Steinmeier and Ayrault with medical aid supplies for Libya

Assistance for Government of National Accord: Steinmeier and Ayrault on a flying visit to Libya

Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier and his French colleague Jean‑Marc Ayrault made a surprise visit to the Libyan capital Tripoli on April 16. The two ministers assured the new Government of National Accord under Prime Minister Fayez Mustafa al‑Sarraj of the support of the international community and handed over aid supplies.

Ambassador Lindner awarding Naledi Pandor with Germany’s Grand Cross of Merit.

SA Minister Naledi Pandor awarded with Germany’s Grand Cross of Merit

Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, was awarded with the Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany at the residence of the German Ambassador in Pretoria on April 22, 2016. On behalf of the German President, Ambassador Walter Lindner presented the Order to Minister Pandor in front of over 100 high-level guests.

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The GIC Africa's Country of the Week series features individual African nations and their relationship with Germany. In the latest edition the Seychelles is in focus. For five days, articles covering many aspects of bilateral ties with the African nation, from culture, politics and environmental protection to its Blue Economy, are in focus on the GIC pages. Here are the articles from all of the countries featured: Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Ethiopia, Tanzania and the Seychelles!

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