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Particularly important to us is the dialogue between Europe and Africa, because a sustainable future cannot happen without the involvement of the African continent. The fact-based and continuous dialogue between the two continents addresses approaches for sustainable global development and drives future cooperation. Global Perspectives Initiative was founded in Berlin in 2016 by Dr. Ingrid Hamm and Stephan Balzer. Hamm had previously been head of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Balzer was primarily responsible for bringing the TEDx conference format to Germany. In 2021, the management consultancy PHINEO AG, which specializes in non-profit organizations and the philanthropic sector, became the majority shareholder of  Global Perspectives Initiative.



Global Perspectives Initaitive

New Management

Rhoda Berger and Gregor Darmer will assume their roles in the management of Global Perspectives Initiative (GPI) on December 1. Dr. Ingrid Hamm, who co-founded GPI in 2016 with Stephan Balzer, will transition to the Supervisory Board and will support the management in an advisory role. Rhoda Berger has been leading the Business for Future at GPI since 2021. Gregor Darmer joins the Initiative after having led the Mercator Center Berlin of Stiftung Mercator since 2020.

Advisory Board


Digital Salon
Global Perspectives on: Women's Health
How to Join Forces to Advance Women’s Economic Power

Investments in women's health are threatened by budget cuts and anti-gender movements. In our webinar, we discuss innovative strategies to drive progress.

Her Health, Our Wealth
Elevating Family Planning & Women’s Health to boost the African Economy

The inequalities in the global health system have a significant impact on the financial situation of women. We discussed economic growth through equal opportunities.

Rethinking Germany’s Global Engagement amid Conflict and the Climate Crisis
Value-Driven Foreign and Aid Policy

Together with David Miliband, CEO & President of IRC, and selected stakeholders from politics, business, academia, we discussed Germany's responsibilities in an international system in crisis.

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.

The Africa Roundtable N°6
Action Recommendations

The African continent has the potential to become the global agriculture powerhouse. The action recommendations of the sixth conference.

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.

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.

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.

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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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