Skip to content


The Africa Roundtable N°2

Recovery, Preparedness, and Resilience in Times of Crises

The Africa Roundtable N°2

May 12, 2022

German Bundestag, Berlin

With Dr. Karamba Diaby

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased international attention to Global Health, with health system strengthening on the African continent remaining critical. During the second edition of The Africa Roundtable the discussion with 35 selected participants from the political, business and civil society spheres focussed on the topic of “Recovery, Preparedness, and Resilience in Times of Crises”.

For Africa’s post-Covid economic recovery, private investment is needed. This requires backing from the public sector or development banks. Furthermore, special drawing rights for African countries were highlighted several times as an important aspect. Another key point of the discussion was the reform of multilateral organizations and a possible seat for the African Union within the G20, like the one held by the European Union.

Themen im Fokus

  • The Aftermath of Crises

    Africa was “the least infected but most affected” by Covid-19 and the continent is still dealing with the effects of the pandemic and the measures that were taken to control it. The war in Ukraine and its impact on global food security present an additional challenge.

  • Paradigm Shift

    The six investments on the African continent with the highest priorities are education, health, electrification, sustainable land use, sustainable urban infrastructure, and universal digital access. Therefore, long-term finance options are needed. Am secure representation for Africa within the G20, not as a guest, but as the 21st member is essential.

  • Africa’s Economic Recovery

    Africa is experiencing its first recession in decades due to limited fiscal responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. African states were only able to commit 1.8 percent of their collective GDP due to various factors, such as high cost of borrowing and limited lending capacity from international finance institutions.

The Participants of The Africa Roundtable in Berlin 2022

Recovery, Preparedness, and Resilience in Times of Crises

In conversation with ...

Africa and Europe need a forum | Dr. Ingrid Hamm
The disillusion of global solidarity | Elhadj As Sy

Contact Persons

Stephanie Igunbor,

Supported by

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Deutsche Welle

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

UNECA United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

brand eins

BMZ Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung

The Africa Roundtable

The forum for decision-makers on African-European cooperation, which deals with current pressing issues and challenges of the neighbouring continents and develops partnership-based solutions.

Program Archive

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Newsletter Sign-up

Sign up to the Global Perspectives Initiative's newsletter and stay up to date on our program. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Global Perspectives Initiative
Friedrichstraße 217
10969 Berlin
+49 (0) 30 55 57 80 530

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.

©2024 Global Perspectives Initiative gemeinnützige UG (haftungsbeschränkt)