The BMZ's Africa Strategy Shaping the future with Africa
The BMZ’s Africa Strategy has three overarching goals
- to lend structural support to the achievement of the development goals set by the African Union (AU) and its member states (AU Agenda 2063 (External link));
- to work together for a global transformation to ensure that everyone can live in dignity and security in an intact environment (UN 2030 Agenda);
- to address crises jointly and visibly with Europe’s neighbouring continent in a spirit of solidarity.
Respect and fairness – the BMZ has based its new Africa Strategy on this principle. We voice our values and interests, but also listen, thus building trust and partnerships to give us a sound basis in the new multipolar world order.
New attitude in cooperation
Cooperation with Africa will be based on respect and reciprocity and Africa’s priorities and initiatives. The BMZ wants to engage in a dialogue with Africa rather than about Africa. It advocates for the voices of African states and the AU to be heard appropriately within multilateral fora. It is clearly formulating its own value-based political interests and sees an in-depth reflection on the consequences of colonialism as a foundation on which to build an open and honest dialogue. It champions diversity and applies a feminist approach.
A sustainable future The focus areas of development cooperation with Africa
The BMZ’s Africa policy is to become more social, more environmental and more feminist. Those are the threads running through the strategy’s six focus areas:
New instruments and cooperation formats
It will expand cooperation with European and African partners. Bilateral programmes will be increasingly incorporated into multilateral processes so as to achieve a transformative impact. It is forging new strategic alliances (such as Climate and Development Partnerships) and is developing new means of mobilising private investment. Finally, it is working both within the German government and at the European level to achieve greater coherence and for greater account to be taken of African interests in agricultural, trade, migration, financial and climate policies, for example. In general, it is focusing on alliances rather than individual efforts.