On 14 January 2021, Uganda will hold parliamentary and presidential elections. The political atmosphere in the country is tense.
A fragile peace in North Africa is in danger of breaking down. In mid-November, the Sahrawi independence movement Frente Polisario declared its intention to resume armed struggle against Morocco after almost thirty years.
What framework conditions are needed to ensure security of supply for us? How can value creation in Africa and the expansion of the manufacturing industry be promoted and driven forward? What can politics do to support German companies in their commitment in Africa?
Contrary to many expectations, African countries have so far succeeded in keeping the corona virus largely under control. Case numbers and mortality rates are relatively low.
Are the old ghosts of constitutional breaches and coups in West Africa returning? What will happen after the elections in Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire? What does the coup in Mali mean for the country and the region? And what influence do these developments have on the countries’ relations with Germany?
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas presented the German Africa Award 2020 to Somali peace activist Ilwad Elman in a ceremony on Tuesday evening. With this award, the German Africa Foundation honours the young Somali for her outstanding social and political commitment to the Somali peace process.
German Africa Award
Since 1993, the German Africa Foundation (DAS) has been honouring outstanding personalities of the African continent who have made a special contribution to democracy, peace, human rights, sustainable development, art and culture or the social concerns in Africa with the German Africa Award. With this award, we aim to raise public awareness and interest in new developments in Africa and to contribute to a differentiated image of Africa. At the same time, by awarding the German Africa Award, the DAS also promotes a nuanced perception of the neighbouring continent.
The award winners are selected by an independent jury, which consists of around 20 representatives of the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the heads of the Africa departments of the political foundations as well as other personalities who are particularly committed to German-African relations. The jury selects from a number of proposals submitted by German embassies, the foreign offices of the political foundations as well as business associations and chambers of foreign trade on the African continent. The German Africa Award is usually presented at a festive ceremony with around 300 guests from politics, business and society in Berlin. The award is presented by high-ranking German politicians, including Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (2020), German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel (2019), President of the German Bundestag Dr Wolfgang Schäuble (2018) and Federal President Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2017). The award ceremony is accompanied by our media partner Deutsche Welle and also receives strong media attention on the African continent.