AFRIKA KOMMT!: Young managers from Africa in German companies

Jun 19, 2017

The German private sector initiative has achieved a new record with nearly 6,000 applicants from 45 countries. One of the priorities of the German G20 Presidency in 2017 is Africa and the challenges the continent is facing as well as its potential.This potential is also the key focus of the AFRIKA KOMMT! initiative, which 19 leading German companies launched in 2008. 

Afrika Kommt! participant Juddy Akinyi during her training in Germany Enlarge image Afrika Kommt! participant Juddy Akinyi during her training in Germany (© Judie Kaberia) The initiative trains future managers and fosters German-African economic relations. Word about the initiative has spread quickly, including through reporting in African media. In the first year alone, about 1,000 young managers from 30 sub-Saharan countries applied. Now, in 2017; 5,790 applicants from 45 countries have applied.

The programme revolves around an eight-month internship in a German company. During their assignment, participants gain valuable insight into work processes, company structures and management methods. But the programme goes beyond providing individual support. The participants’ trips also turn them into experts for future economic cooperation between their home countries and Germany. Alumni networks strengthen the newly formed relationships, which benefits both sides.

The participating German companies cover the costs for AFRIKA KOMMT!. On their behalf, the German development agency (GIZ) organises and steers the various activities from its State Office North Rhine-Westphalia.

The initiative was expanded in 2017, so when the 21 carefully selected participants arrive in Germany in August, two German foundations will be among the hosts. For the first time, experts and managers from the public-benefit sector will also receive training.


Young managers from Africa in German companies

Afrika kommt! participants in Berlin, Germany

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The Afrika Kommt! programme

Logo of the Afrika Kommt! program

Recognising the continent's potential, Afrika Kommt! promotes exchange between African future leaders and German Industry, laying a foundation for sustainable economic cooperation in the future. Approximately 20 promising young African professionals are chosen to go to Germany and participate in a professional training program with 19 leading international firms. The year-long program focusses on practical professional training at the companies, including a significant component committed to formal language training in German.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

The GIZ is responsible for implementing the German government's development policy projects and programs. It was formed in late 2010, from the merger of the German development agencies GTZ (German Technical Cooperation), DED (German Development Service) and InWEnt (Capacity Building International).