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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.

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Global Perspectives: The Africa Roundtable in Berlin 2024

H.E. Amani Abou-Zeid, Christine Mhundwa, Martin Frick , Prof. Hamadi Boga, Rhoda Berger and Karen Pfundt

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.

Program

Featured Program

Circle
Discussing Development Policies in a Multipolar World
Background Discussion with Anna Bjerde

In conversation with Anna Bjerde and other representatives from politics, business, and academia, we discussed efforts in fostering sustainable development.

Publications
The Role of New Technology in Advancing African Agri-Food Systems
Discussion Paper

The research paper on new technologies and innovation in the African agricultural sector was issued on the occasion of The Africa Roundtable “Growing Africa's Future” 2024 in Berlin.

Publications
Growing Africa’s Future
Five Themes to Advance Food Sovereignty on the Continent

The research paper on food sovereignity in Africa was issued on the occasion of The Africa Roundtable “Growing Africa's Future” 2024 in Berlin.

Circle
Germany’s Responsibility in Today’s Changing World
Background Discussion with Bill Gates

Together with Bill Gates, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, and other representatives from politics, business and academia, we discussed Germany's new role in the world.

Digital Salon
Global Perspectives on: Forestry
How Forestry can be a Driver for Economic and Social Political Development

Forests play a vital role in local economies and global climate protection. In our webinar, we explored how economic growth and environmental protection go hand in hand.

Conference
The Africa Roundtable N°6
Growing Africa’s Future: Advancing Food Sovereignty through Agricultural Innovation

The sixth edition of the Africa Roundtable focuses on how the African continent can unlock its full potential as an agricultural powerhouse.

Circle
Adapting the Global Financial Architecture
Leveraging IDA for Multilateral Solutions

Together with experts from politics, academia and civil society, we discussed the need to reform the global financial architecture.

Digital Salon
Global Perspectives on: AI
How to Leverage Homegrown AI Solutions for Economic Growth in Africa

Africa is experiencing an AI boom, but challenges persist. In our webinar, we explore the transformative potential of digital sovereignty together with AI experts.

Circle
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.

Publications
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.

"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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