For years, Namibia has been one of the best performing African countries in the media and press freedom rankings conducted annually by Reporters Without Borders in 180 countries around the world. Historically, Namibia has also played an important role in the struggle for press independence in Africa, as with the Windhoek Declaration adopted in 1991. One of the key voices was and still is political correspondent, editor-in-chief and publisher Gwen Lister. For her extraordinary commitment to press freedom, she is being honoured with the Honorary Award of the German Africa Foundation.
At the end of May, the mandates for the participation of the German Armed Forces in Mali expire and the German Bundestag must decide whether and in what form the Bundeswehr will remain engaged in Mali.
Although Africa is considered the “continent of opportunity”, German companies are relatively underrepresented in African countries compared to their European counterparts. The Corona pandemic of recent years has not improved the situation. Foreign trade with Africa still only accounts for 1.7% of Germany’s total foreign trade; the share of direct investments in Africa is even just under one percent of all German direct investments abroad.
To honour the German-Jewish African journalist and anti-apartheid activist Ruth Weiss, the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa planted a “Queen of Sheba” rose in the Embassy Garden on 24 March 2022. The ceremony was attended by around 80 representatives from politics and civil society.
The first issue of our new discussion series DAS Talk – One on One with Andebrhan Welde Giorgis, former Eritrean Ambassador to the EU and President of ERI-Platform, deals with the current situation in Eritrea and the Horn of Africa.
From 17 to 18 February, the 6th AU-EU Summit took place in Brussels. On this occasion, AU and EU leaders were supposed to agree on a common vision for a renewed partnership.
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.