The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the alarming war in Ukraine – one global crisis is followed by the next, hampering much needed global economic recovery. Overburdened health systems, economic crashes, and acute food insecurity currently threaten many African countries. Geopolitical instability and resource scarcity raise the question of sustainable and future-oriented cooperation between the neighboring African and European continents.
For the second time, the Global Perspectives Initiative brings together high-ranking representatives of African and German-European politics, private sector, and civil society with The Africa Roundtable. In an exclusive circle, 30 guests will debate joint approaches for economic recovery after the pandemic, access to financial markets and investments, as well as strengthening health systems with a focus on private sector involvement in African markets.
The war in Ukraine has raised the difficulties of geopolitical interests as well as economic dependencies. Against a backdrop of acute supply shortages and political divisions, resilience to external shocks is crucial for the future of both continents. The importance of Africa as a long-term, equal partner for Europe must be discussed in a new light- economically, politically, and in terms of the commitment of shared responsibility.
Today, we are pleased to introduce the high-level speakers of The Africa Roundtable and hope to welcome you to the livestream on May 12.
Our last events
Dinner Circle with David Miliband | on September 6 | Borchardt
No time for aid budget cuts amid urgent hunger crisis in East Africa
Food insecurity and a surge in energy prices endanger the economic output of economies and the overall stability of African states. Observers also fear that the looming energy crisis in Europe further diverts attention from economic cooperation with Africa – at a time when close, value-based partnerships are more important than ever.
Together with David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee and former UK Foreign Minister, and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, we want to discuss immediate humanitarian action as well as new approaches in development and economic cooperation to address the root causes of hunger and ensure a world that can feed itself.
Parliamentarian Breakfast | on May 13 | Bundestag
With Africa into a new world order in times of global crisis: investments for a stronger partnership
The ongoing Corona pandemic and now the war in Ukraine – one crisis follows the next, hampering much-needed recovery. Weakened health systems, economic slumps and acute food insecurity threaten many African countries. Geopolitics and scarcity of raw materials pose the urgent question of sustainable and future-oriented cooperation on the neighboring continents of Africa and Europe. What this could look like was also the topic of discussion at the parliamentary breakfast with Dr Markus Berndt of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and H.E. Amadou Hott, Minister of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation in Senegal.
At the invitation of Dr Karamba Diaby MP and Dr Ingrid Hamm, founder and managing director of GPI, the participants at the parliamentary breakfast in the Bundestag discussed above all the economic consequences of the simultaneous crises.
GP Circle | on May 4 | Breakfast
The silent health emergency: Urgent needs for sexual and reproductive health, family planning, maternal, newborn and child health in the global south
On Wednesday the 4th of May the Global Perspectives Initiative hosted a breakfast with Melinda French Gates to discuss women’s health, gender equality and financing of global health intuitions and Germany’s continued role in global leadership.
GP Event | on April 28, 6-7pm | ESMT Berlin | followed by a reception
Survivors and Agents of Change: Empowering Women in Conflicts
In cooperation with the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative and the ESMT Berlin, the Global Perspectives Initiative is hosting a panel discussion and reception with Aurora Prize Laureate Julienne Lusenge.
In conflict situations, women are often affected by violence and exploitation and particularly suffer from the destruction of social structures and livelihoods. Although internationally outlawed, sexual violence continues to be used as a weapon of war.
During its two years as a member of the UN Security Council, Germany has prioritised the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda and has set out a decidedly feminist foreign policy in its coalition agreement. In the face of growing conflicts around the world and ongoing war in Europe, the question arises as to how Germany can empower women through diplomacy, peace operations, and humanitarian support.
Last year, Julienne Lusenge was awarded the prestigious Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity for her courageous commitment to women’s rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With her civil society organisations, she supports survivors and promotes the prosecution of perpetrators.
Together with Katja Keul, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, we will talk about violence against women in conflict zones and their potential as peacemakers. We will also discuss the economic, political, and social empowerment of women on the ground and in foreign and security policy.
GP Salon | on April 5
Africa, a Business Case: Opportunities for Start-ups and International Investors
At our GP Salon, organized in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and brandeins, we highlight best case examples of young African companies such as Lori Systems to set the scene for the dialogue on opportunities and challenges of impactful investments in Africa: Why Europeans should invest now? How should and could investors be supported in this endeavor? What are the challenges investors are facing? What can be done to facilitate investments in Africa? Where are most business opportunities? What are African ventures’ needs?
We aim to support what Dr. Oby Ezekwesili once said: “Europe should stop thinking about Africa as a charity case. It is a business case!”
Shaping a Common Future: Perspectives on the German Africa Policy
The African and European continents are linked by a close, neighborly relationship. Knowing and understanding each other’s perspectives is crucial to the success of this partnership.
The Global Perspectives Initiative, together with the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research, interviewed 16 renowned experts from the African continent for this GPInsight study. The decision-makers from business, academia, public health and civil society from several African countries share their perspectives on the challenges facing the continent and their expectations for future African-European/German relations.
Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary at the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development discusses the new German government’s plans with digitalization expert Youssef Travaly and Senior Climate Diplomacy Advisor at the African Climate Foundation Faten Aggad, who participated in the study:
- What needs to change to improve the relationship between the neighboring continents Africa and Europe?
- How has Covid-19 affected German/European relations with the African continent?
- How can trade between the continents become more productive for both sides by involving the private sector?
- How can the governments of Europe and Africa establish climate action plans that are in the interest of both continents?
- How can improved digital services support the development of civil society?
The discussion will be held in German and English with simultaneous translation.
With Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow and former CEO of Greenpeace International and Amnesty International, Dr Kumi Naidoo, former MP and Deputy Spokesman for Foreign Affairs and Head of the Africa Discussion Group of the Social Democrats Parliamentary Group, Christoph Matschie, and co-founder and CEO of the Global Perspectives Initiative, Dr Ingrid Hamm.
With the founder and CEO of AfriProspect and ShEquity Ltd, Pauline Koelbl, founder and CEO of PHINEO AG, Dr Andreas Rickert, and co-founder and CEO of the Global Perspectives Initiative, Dr Ingrid Hamm.
Our last blog posts
“There is a feeling that Africa is about to invade Europe, which is completely wrong.”
Aminata Touré, Senegalese politician and human rights activist
“We damn well have a duty to offer something to refugees.”
Karamba Diaby, member of the German Bundestag for the SPD since 2013
“After enduring millions of deaths, we can’t go back to live our lives normally.”
Dr Noubar Afeyan, co-founder and chairman of Moderna and founder & CEO of Flagship Pioneering
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