New Horizons for Germany‘s Africa Policy

by Robert Kappel
GIGA Research Unit: Institute of African Affairs, May 2017

24 pp. 502 kB

Germany’s Africa policy is changing. In recent years, ministries, political foundations, and parties have repeatedly presented plans for Africa which have galvanised the discourse – for example, in 2017 the Federal Ministry’s for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Marshall Plan with Africa and the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy’s (BMWi) concept paper Pro! Afrika. The Marshall Plan with Africa is a significant contribution to the debate on a new Africa policy. Fundamentally, the Marshall Plan aims to curb centrifugal developments and to stem the further marginalisation of the African continent. And the BMZ wants to shed its image of the Good Samaritan and become an actor guided by its interests and an orientation towards being a civil power. This paper deals with Germany’s new Africa policy and evaluates how much it will change.

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