The dialogue platform is a new forum for decision-makers from politics, business and civil society on European/German-African cooperation. The current pressing issues and challenges of the neighboring continents as well as partnership-based approaches to solutions and models of future cooperation are in the focus.

Recovery, Preparedness and Resilience in Times of Crises
Thursday, 12 May, 15.30 – 18.30 hrs (CEST)

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Policy Briefs: Financial Inclusion, the Impact of Covid-19 and Effects of the War in Ukraine >>

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.

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African-European Cooperation on Green Transition & Covid-19 Recovery

Global Perspectives  |  Digital Event  |  9 June 2021  |  10am – 12.30pm CEST/CAT

Recording of the event

The Africa Roundtable is a new forum for decision-makers from politics, business and society on European-African cooperation. The current urgent questions and challenges of the neighboring continents as well as partnership approaches and models of future cooperation are discussed. Renowned partners, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and McKinsey & Company support the innovative forum.

The Africa Roundtable on 9 June 2021, took place with a focus on “Covid-19 Recovery” and “Green Transition.” Covid-19 hit Africa and Europe hard on many levels. Rebuilding a more resilient economy is paramount after the Covid-19 pandemic ends. At the same time, the crisis offers an opportunity for a green transition for both continents. This major challenge can best be met by the two continents working together. How reconstruction can be shaped was discussed at The Africa Roundtable.

Programme >>

Video recording of the event >>

McKinsey Paper: “Reimagining Africa” >>

Follow-up by Christine Mhundwa >>



Confirmed Speakers





In the first season of our podcast The Africa Roundtable – The Podcast, we spoke with leading German experts on the topic of Africa. In the second season of our podcast, African decision-makers will have their say. The focus lies on African perspectives and expectations of development cooperation with Germany and Europe.

After the first season of our podcast was only published in German, we are happy to announce that the second season of our podcast will be produced in German and English.

The Africa Roundtable – The Podcast, Season 2

Episode 1: Wanjira Mathai & Dr Kumi Naidoo

The first episode of the second season of our podcast The Africa Roundtable – The Podcast features Wanjira Mathai (Vice President and Regional Director for Africa at the World Resources Institute) and Dr Kumi Naidoo (Climate Activist and Fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy) in talk with Danilo Höpfner about divestments from fossil fuels and the role of women in the fight against climate change.

Episode 2: Dr Mo Ibrahim & Dr Olumide Abimbola

We talk to Dr Mo Ibrahim about the coup in Sudan, corrupt militaries, Chinese investments in Africa and a world that threatens to drown in authoritarianism before global warming can dry it up. Dr Olumide Abimbola of the Africa Policy Research Institute (APRI) gives us a surprising prognosis on the future of German-African relations.

Episode 3: Dr Noubar Afeyan & Elhadj As Sy

We talk with Dr Noubar Afeyan and Elhadj As Sy about the technical masterpiece of the COVID-19 vaccines, Moderna’s commitment to make patents available to the public, pharmaceutical production in Africa, Flagship Pioneering’s vision of a new, preventive understanding of health care, challenges of health care in African countries and demands to the new German government.

Episode 4: Aminata Touré & Ottilia Maunganidze

We talk with Aminata Touré and Ottilia Maunganidze about the causes of migration, the role of African-European partnerships, the possible transformation of migration policy, and the responsibility of the Global North.

Episode 5: Nanjala Nyabola & Prof. Carola Lentz

With Nanjala Nyabola and Prof. Carola Lentz we talk about (post-)colonial structures and discuss European and African perspectives on the historical responsibility of Germany and Europe.


Episode 6: Prof. Abdulrazak Gurnah

In the interview with Christine Mhundwa, Abdulrazak Gurnah talks about identity, flight as well as new beginnings, reparations and painful differences between Europeans in dealing with refugees from Ukraine and people from the Arab world.


Episode 7: Dr. Carlos Lopes & Dr. Stefan Mair

We talk to Dr. Carlos Lopes and Dr. Stefan Mair about the impact of the current Ukraine conflict on Africa. The strong dependence on grain from Ukraine and Russia as well as currently exorbitantly high fuel prices could lead to widespread uprisings and famine in some states.


Project management

Nora Kiefer, Senior Project Manager | or +49 30 555 7805 35


Press contact

Danilo Höpfner, Press and public relations | or +49 30 555 7805 36

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