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In a globalized world, establishing and upholding mutual dialogue is key. Global Perspectives Initiative connects the key figures in business, politics, media and civil society to shape a sustainable common future.
The focus in this context is on the European-African dialogue. Europe needs Africa as a mutually trusted and respected partner — and vice versa. As an independent and politically neutral dialogue platform, we lead the European-African dialogue and strengthen the multilateral cooperation of the future.

Global Perspectives Initiative is a not-for-profit organization based in Berlin, Germany.

Gerald Chirinda and H.E. Svenja Schulze at fifth edition of The Africa Roundtable in Berlin 2023

Gerald Chirinda and Federal Minister Svenja Schulze

Dialogue at the fifth edition of The Africa Roundtable.

Featured Program Highlight

The Africa Roundtable

The Africa Roundtable is the forum for decision-makers from the political, business and civil society spheres in Europe-Africa cooperation. It deals with pressing issues and challenges of the neighboring continents and develops partnership-based solutions and models for future cooperation. Twice a year, the Africa Roundtable gathers its participants, alternating between the European and the African Continent. Prior publications ensure a fact-based discussion, which is concluded with action recommendations. The eponymous podcast and regular text contributions in pre- and post-processing, complete the program and ensure a continuous dialogue.


  • The Africa Roundtable

    The Africa Roundtable is the forum for decision-makers from politics, business and civil society on European-African cooperation, which deals with current pressing issues and challenges of the neighbouring continents and develops partnership-based solutions and models for future cooperation.

  • Resilient Health Systems

    Health is the fundamental requirement for individual, social, economic and political development and stability. Economic growth cannot be achieved without a healthy population. Building resilient health systems requires a global perspective and can only be ensured through coordinated international action. This can only be done by taking into account the views and needs of our neighboring continent.

  • Business for Future

    Without economic growth, there can be no sustainable development. Through dialogue with business and industry leaders, we create understanding, highlight business opportunities and motivate greater engagement on the continent. In doing so, we focus particularly on topics such as entrepreneurship, technology and investment, financial infrastructures and women's economic empowerment in the European-African context.

Featured Program

Skills and Mobility
Why Africa’s Youth Is Key in Creating a Win-Win Situation for Europe and the African Continent

Fostering mobility is considered one of the most important solutions to the skills gap on the African continent. We discuss this at the follow-up to the fifth edition of The Africa Roundtable.

The Africa Roundtable N°5
Action Recommendations

Strategies for education, skill building and the labor market of tomorrow. The action recommendations of the fifth conference.

Unlocking Opportunities Through Education
Episode 11

In this episode we are joined by Taha Bawa, Co-founder and CEO of Goodwall, a social enterprise which connects youth to opportunities for skilling, working and social impact.

How Technical and Vocational Education Can Help Close Skills Gaps in Africa
Research Paper

The research paper on education and training in Africa was issued on the occasion of The Africa Roundtable “The Path to Success: Education, Skills, and Leadership” 2023 in Berlin.

Restart of Business with Africa
Next Generation in Economic Relations

What will sustainable economic cooperation between Europe and Africa look like in the future? We discussed this with stakeholders from the private sector and tomorrow's leaders.

The Africa Roundtable N°5
The Path to Success: Education, Skills and Leadership

The fifth edition of The Africa Roundtable focussed on employability, skills and training and examine the possibilities of equal education and training for Africa's youth.

NewSpace in Africa
Take-Off Flight to Innovation, Exploration, Transformation

With a new space agency and an upcoming space port on the continent, the African space industry is capturing global attention. What does this mean for European-African cooperation?

If Women Ruled the Health World
Female Leaders for the Development of Sustainable, Resilient Health Systems

Together with partner The ONE Campaign, we will discuss factors that prevent women from taking leadership positions in the health sector at the World Health Summit 2023.

Leveraging the Economic Potential of the African Continent
Berlin Global Dialogue

Our roundtable during Berlin Global Dialogue discusses opportunities and drivers of economic growth on the African continent, while adressing the main roadblocks.

Women in a Global Context
Advancing Equity and Health

With Mamta Murthi and Dr. Eliya Zulu (AFIDEP), we highlight challenges that exist for health, social and economic equality.

"Europe should stop thinking of Africa as a charity case. It is a business case!"
Dr Obiageli "Oby" Ezekwesili
Founder and CEO of Human Capital Africa, former Minister of Education Nigeria, at the Global Perspectives Circle "Governance on Africa", 2020
"We have seen the Zeitenwende. It is time to be here. It is a must to be here - no longer a choice."
Wolfgang Niedermark
Member of the Executive Board of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), at The Africa Roundtable N°4 in Nairobi, 2023
"I urge all world leaders to acknowledge that effective multilateralism is in their own national interest."
Ban Ki-Moon
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the Global Perspective Side Event "Global Solutions for Global Challenges", 2020

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The Global Perspectives Initiative (GPI) is a non-profit and independent platform based in Berlin, Germany. GPI works towards enhanced engagement and responsibility for sustainable development by German and European decision-makers and aims to strengthen African perspectives in policymaking.

To this end, GPI regularly brings together decision- makers from politics, business, civil society, academia and media to discuss new approaches, provide new impulses and raise awareness on the common opportunities and challenges the two neighboring continents are facing.

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