On June 30, German Development Minister Gerd Müller unveiled the new exchange programme African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI). The pilot countries for this scheme are Benin, South Africa and Tanzania, as determined by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in cooperation with African Union (AU). Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga from the AU and Development Minister Müller launched the initiative in connection with the ZukunftsTour “EINE WELT – Unsere Verantwortung” (FutureTour “ONE WORLD – our responsibility”) in Bonn in front of 1.000 guests from Germany and the African continent.
Launch of the African-German Youth Initiative
The African Blogger Jimmy Kainja reports about his experiences at the Re:publica conference in Berlin. Appealing to a common digital space to communicate for citizens of African countries, he argues, that he recognized that the continent Africa has common experiences, such as a colonial history.
Africa Needs a Collective Thinking Space
In cooperation with the German Cultural agency Goethe Institute and the KwaZulu Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the German Embassy Pretoria has funded this year’s 9th edition of Talents Durban in South Africa. Taking place during the 37th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), the five-dayprogramme aimed to support 20 young film professionals to be from across the African continent.
German Embassy Pretoria supports young South African film talents
The African Futures Festival will kick off in Berlin on June 4 and run until August 7, 2016, offering a platform for cultural encounters between Africa and Germany. The exhibition of artistic, political, literary and scientific contributions will take place in the Berlin art forum SAVVY Contemporary, a location which focusses on dialogue between Western and non-Western art. Initiated by Germany’s cultural agency, the Goethe-Institut, the festival compromises of a series of exhibitions, as well as an accompanying discussion and performance-program from July 9 until July 12.
African Futures Festival: From Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi to Berlin
On June 7, the German Embassy Dar es Salaam together with representatives of the German development agency, GIZ handed over two vehicles to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Districts. The vehicles will be used by the district authorities to improve the services provided to village communities: they will support activities such as control of wild animals, patrolling, early response to human-wildlife conflicts and training sessions related to natural resource management in wards and villages.
Equipment for Natural Resource Management in Tanzania
Electronic music may still be in its infancy in Uganda, but women are largely underrepresented in this scene – whether in DJing, producing or other ‘backroom’ positions. A new platform, dubbed Femme Electronic, seeks to change this by encouraging Ugandan women in the field of electronic music by creating a network and sharing knowledge.
Femme Electronic workshop for Uganda
In 2014, South Africa received around 70,000 asylum applications, making the country the sixth-highest recipient of asylum claims worldwide. In recognition of the global increase of forced migration, the German government has increased its support for the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative Fund (DAFI). DAFI empowers Refugees in South Africa since 1992.
German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI) in South Africa