Our Mandate

The German Africa Foundation (DAS) is a non-partisan foundation committed to the successful implementation of the Africa policy guidelines of the German Federal Government. As a facilitator, we offer a platform for partnership-based exchange between German and African actors and thus strengthen cooperation with the states and institutions of our neighbouring continent. Hereby, we particularly focus on the work in the parliamentary sphere. In the context of expert talks, parliamentary breakfasts and panel discussions, we bring together members of the German Bundestag, specialist ministries and other political decision-makers from Germany and Africa. At the same time, we advocate greater involvement of representatives of African embassies and the African diaspora in German politics.

One of our core tasks is to convey a differentiated image of Africa in the political arena and to the German public. Since 1993, we have been awarding the German Africa Award every year, honouring outstanding personalities from the neighbouring continent who have rendered outstanding services to democracy, peace, human rights, accountability, art and culture, social market economy and social issues. In this way, we bring new developments in Africa to the attention of the German public and promote a differentiated perception of our neighbouring continent.

In our weekly press review we provide an overview of current political developments in Africa and offer a collection of online reports on Africa by German-speaking as well as selected English and French-speaking media. With our Africa Info Hub we furthermore offer an overview of Africa-relevant institutions, country-specific information as well as selected professional articles and are thus the first contact point for people interested in Africa.

Our History

The German Africa Foundation has been committed to promoting German-African relations for 40 years. On 10 May 1978, the Foundation was founded as a member association by a number of politicians of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU). In the same year, the Foundation was included in the institutional support of the Federal Foreign Office. From the very beginning, the DAS worked closely with the political foundations and advised the German Federal Government on African policy issues.

Under the chairmanship of Karl-Heinz Hornhues (CDU), Member of the German Bundestag, the Foundation underwent a reorientation and increasingly positioned itself non-partisan: in 1991, members of other parliamentary groups joined the Foundation for the first time and members of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and Free Democratic Party (FDP) were elected to the board. A second wave of expansion followed in 1994, in which Dr Uschi Eid, the current president of the DAS, also became a board member. Under her leadership, the DAS was transformed into the cross-party foundation that exists today in Parliament. This is also reflected in the current composition of the board, which includes the foreign and development policy spokespersons from the CDU/CSU, SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, FDP and DIE LINKE as well as non-parliamentarians interested in Africa.

Our Board

Dr Uschi Eid

President

Dr Uschi Eid was a member of the German Bundestag for 20 years, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development/BMZ (1998 – 2005) and Personal Representative for Africa of Chancellor Schröder. She worked in Eritrea for three years and has been President of the DAS since 2015.

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Prof Dr Karl-Heinz Hornhues

Honorary President

For many years, Prof Dr Karl-Heinz Hornhues chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag and served as president of the German Africa Foundation. In 2008, he and his wife founded the Ellen und Karl-Heinz Hornhues Stiftung ProAfrika.

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Alois Karl

Vice-President

Alois Karl is a member of the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag. Previously, amongst other posts and functions he was a member of the Committee for Human Rights and former Mayor of Neumarkt i.d.OPf. As a mountaineer, he climbed the Kilimanjaro.

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Dr Bärbel Kofler

Vice-President

Dr Bärbel Kofler is a linguist and has been the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid since 2016. She is also a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the German Bundestag.

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Dieter Härthe

Treasurer

Dieter Härthe is Chairman of the Senate of Economy International and Chairman of the Senate of Economy Germany. For more than 20 years he has been Consul General of the Republic of Senegal for the federal states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. He is co-author of the BMZ study “Marshall Plan with Africa” and advocates investments in Africa by German companies.

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Klaus A. Hess

Legal Adviser

As President of the German-Namibian Society, the publisher and journalist Klaus A. Hess promotes relations between Germany and Namibia, a country he has known for decades. His publishing house publishes the Namibiamagazin.

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Dr Volker Faigle

Assessor

Dr Volker Faigle worked as a Protestant pastor in Kenya for six years and was Africa advisor of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) for 13 years. Today he is the Sudan and South Sudan representative of the EKD and works as an ecumenical adviser in South Africa.

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Dr Christoph Hoffmann

Assessor

Dr Christoph Hoffmann is a forestry scientist and spokesman for development policy for the FDP parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. Furthermore, he heads the Central Africa parliamentary group.

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Volkmar Klein

Assessor

Volkmar Klein is the development policy spokesman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. In his private capacity, he is involved in the implementation of projects in Ghana.

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Andreas Lämmel

Assessor

Andreas Lämmel has been the chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group’s working group Africa since 2013. He regularly travels to Africa and passionately committed to promote German investments in Africa.

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Stefan Liebich

Assessor

Stefan Liebich is a member of the German Council on Foreign Relations and the association Help – Help towards Self-Help, which supports projects on the African continent. In 2015 he travelled with the then Foreign Minister Steinmeier to the DR Congo, Kenya and Rwanda.

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Omid Nouripour

Assessor

Omid Nouripour is the foreign policy spokesperson for the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen parliamentary group and is particularly committed to addressing Germany’s colonial history.

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Heiko Schwiderowski

Assessor

Heiko Schwiderowski is head of the Africa department and the African expert of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce/DIHK. The creation of the African Free Trade Area is of particular concern to him. Mr. Schwiderowski stayed in Namibia for several years.

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Johannes Singhammer

Assessor

Former Vice President of the German Bundestag Johannes Singhammer is intensively committed to cooperation with the African continent. As President of the Bavarian-Togolese Society, he has visited Togo several times and continues to follow its development with great passion.

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Gabi Weber

Assessor

Gabi Weber is deputy chair of the Parliamentary Group on Eastern Africa in the German Bundestag. She places great value to gender justice in development cooperation and the empowerment of women on the African continent.

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Our Team

David Schwake

General Secretary

David Schwake has held many positions in numerous countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (2009 – 2011). From 2013 – 2015 he was the German Ambassador to South Sudan. Most recently he worked for the United Nations Special Representative for Western Sahara. Since January 2020 he has been Secretary General of the German Africa Foundation.

E-mail: schwake@deutsche-afrika-stiftung.de
Phone: +49 (0)30 28 09 47 29

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Sabine Odhiambo

Deputy Secretary General

For eight years Sabine Odhiambo lived in Nairobi and became a specialist for the East African region. In addition to working for various Kenyan NGOs, she has also held positions for the Goethe Institute and the German Embassy. Since 2017, Sabine Odhiambo has been with the DAS, which she headed provisionally in 2019 before taking on her current role as Deputy Secretary General.

E-mail: odhiambo@deutsche-afrika-stiftung.de
Phone: +49 (0)30 28 87 43 30

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Svenja Schindelwig

Scientific Advisor (currently on parental leave)

In her dissertation Svenja Schindelwig focused on the repression of the Algerian war as a topic within French society. She has been working for the DAS for eight years now and has established herself as an institutional memory over time.

E-mail: schindelwig@deutsche-afrika-stiftung.de
Phone: +49 (0)30 28 09 11 66

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Larissa Pflüger

Scientific Advisor

Larissa Pflüger is our expert for Southern Africa – several stays abroad took her to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, among others. She worked for a year in Cape Town with an NGO in the field of HIV and is still active as a volunteer for the Botswana Centre for Public Integrity. She joined the DAS team in March 2020.

E-mail: pflueger@deutsche-afrika-stiftung.de
Phone: +49 (0)30 28 09 11 66

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Ingo Henneberg

Scientific Advisor

Ingo Henneberg has been working academically on German and European Africa policy for many years. His focus is particularly on foreign and security policy and regional cooperation in the field of peace and security in and with Africa. Field research visits have taken him to Ethiopia, Botswana, South Africa and Tanzania. He has been supporting the DAS team since April 2021.

E-mail: henneberg@deutsche-afrika-stiftung.de
Phone: +49 (0)30 28 09 47 27

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Josephine Brandenburg

Project Assistant

E-mail: team@deutsche-afrika-stiftung.de
Phone: +49 (0)30 28 09 47 27

Agnes Miarka

Project Assistant

E-mail: team@deutsche-afrika-stiftung.de
Phone: +49 (0)30 28 09 47 27

Irene López

Project Assistant

E-mail: team@deutsche-afrika-stiftung.de
Phone: +49 (0)30 28 09 47 27

Board of Trustees

Dr Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate

Chairman

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Prof Emeritus Robert Kappel

Member

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Egon Kochanke

Member

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Robert von Lucius

Member

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Dr Stefan Mair

Member

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Dr Michael Rabbow

Member

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Marina Schuster

Member

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Dr Dr h.c. Peter Spary

Mitglied

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Bruno Wenn

Member

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Tenders

Internships

We are looking for a full-time intern (m/f/d) to support our team from Monday, 31 Januaray 2022 and from 21 February 2022 for a period of 3 months each.

Tasks

  • Collaboration in the planning, preparation, implementation and documentation of events
  • Supporting the team in looking after African visitors (groups)
  • Maintenance of the website
  • Preparing a weekly press review with commentary on news about Africa in the German press
  • Preparation and supervision of foundation-relevant committee meetings
  • Representation of DAS e.V. at conferences and information events
  • Participation in the organisation of the German Africa Award

 

Requirements

  • The internship will be completed during the course of studies.
  • Fluent in German (spoken and written)
  • Solid knowledge of the English language is desirable, knowledge of French is an advantage
  • The curriculum vitae should have a recognisable reference to Africa
  • Special interest in the political field of Africa and German Africa policy
  • Solid computer skills

 

Remuneration, duration and working hours

The internship lasts three months in full-time (39 hours/week) and is remunerated with 450 Euro per month.

Please send your detailed application to Larissa Pflueger (bewerbung@deutsche-afrika-stiftung.de), stating the possible duration of the internship. I will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Current tenders

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