1. Water boys Country of the Week: Germany and Uganda join hands to improve water and sanitation
  2. Minister Steinmeier and Michelle Chadwick Special German Peace Prize for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
  3. Rooftop concentrating solar cooling system Using the sun to cool down: Innovative German technology on SA roof
Water boys

Country of the Week: Germany and Uganda join hands to improve water and sanitation

Lake Victoria, the world’s third largest lake, and the White Nile feed Uganda. Still, only 69 percent of Ugandans have access to clean water. German development cooperation with Uganda considers water and sanitation a priority sector. For 2004-2014 alone, the German government committed over 79 million Euro to it. Current cooperation projects are designed to supply more than two million people with safe drinking water until 2025.

Minister Steinmeier and Michelle Chadwick

Special German Peace Prize for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

The recipient of this year's German Movie Peace Prize is Justin Chadwick. He received the award for his film about South African Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Attached is the speech delivered by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the occasion of the award ceremony on July 3, 2014 in Munich.

Rooftop concentrating solar cooling system

Using the sun to cool down: Innovative German technology on SA roof

Africa’s first Concentrating Solar Cooling System, installed on the MTN headquarters in Johannesburg, was officially opened on July 9. This is the third project launched within the framework of the South African – German Energy Partnership.

Overview of Ugandan-German relations

Germany established diplomatic relations with Uganda immediately after the country gained independence on October 9, 1962. Since then, the two nations have enjoyed strong political ties, with regular bilateral meetings and exchanges of high-ranking visitors. Germany is an important trading partner of Uganda and very active in development cooperation. Uganda and Germany also maintain close and long-standing ties within the field of culture, education and sports.

The new Nyagak hydropower plant in Paidha, Zombo District

Ugandan-German cooperation in the energy sector

Energy is a priority sector for Ugandan-German development cooperation. Since 2004, the German Government and the German KfW Bankengruppe have provided more than 120 million Euro in grants, loans and technical assistance to the sector, which is aimed at improving power generation from renewable energy sources, increasing access to power especially in rural areas, as well as promoting the sustainable use of biomass.

Auma Obama (4th from left) at 2013 Africa Fashion Day Berlin

African fashion features in Berlin

This week, Berlin is the coolest place to be in the hot northern summer, with young, fresh and wild fashion on display during Berlin Fashion Week (July 8-13). On July 8, African style graces the catwalks with Africa Fashion Day, featuring the best designers from the continent and of the African diaspora.

Call for proposals: Exhibition space at GoetheonMain

GoetheonMain is a non-commercial, artist-run project space developed by the Goethe-Institut South Africa at Arts on Main in Johannesburg. A call for proposals has been announced for applications to exhibit there. Application deadline is August 15, 2014 for exhibitions for the period January - December, 2015.

Jury of the 2014 HKW International Literature Prize

Winners of the HKW International Literature Award announced

The Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2014 has announced the winners of the 6th International Literature Award: Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferrière and Beate Thill, his translator from the French, for the novel Das Rätsel der Rückkehr (L’énigme du retour). Long Night of the Shortlist and Award Ceremony will take place on July 3 in Berlin.

Afrika kommt! participants in Berlin, Germany

German industry initiative for African professionals open for applicants

It's good news for young professionals in Africa: Germany's exciting initiative to promote exchange between African future leaders and German Industry, Afrika Kommt!, will take place again 2014-2016. This will be the third consecutive session of the programme since it was launched in 2008, offering professional training for young, future managers from sub-Saharan Africa.

New African-German research strategy for the future

Shared research interests and collaborative networking between African and German scientists are at the very heart of the “Africa Strategy” of Germany's Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). On June 20, The German Education Minister and Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology at the AU approved the Strategy as a framework for a sustainable cooperation between Africa and Germany.

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Country Profile: Kenya

Samburu girls in Kenya

The GIC Africa began a new series featuring individual African nations and their relationship with Germany. The first to be featured is Kenya. For five days, articles covering many aspects of bilateral ties with the East African nation, from culture, politics and economics to wildlife protection and development cooperation, were in focus on the GIC pages. Here are all five articles - enjoy Kenya!

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