The Africa Strategy of the BMBF

“Creating prospects!” is the guiding theme of the new Africa Strategy of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The strategy aims to give fresh impetus to German cooperation with African partners in education, science and research.

Afrikanische Union
Flag of the African Union © Thinkstock

The new Africa Strategy of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) centres around innovation, training and qualification, and practical application. In keeping with the motto “Creating prospects!”, the strategy is aimed at strengthening cooperation with African partners in those fields in particular that create, maintain and enhance the livelihoods of the local population in the long term. In this way, the BMBF-funded projects are supporting the African countries in responding to the major challenges facing the continent such as the increasing demand for food, climate change, progressive urbanization and the growing need for electricity and energy. Education, research and innovation are key to turning these challenges into opportunities.

The Africa Strategy of the BMBF is based on the needs and priorities of our African partners while also promoting German interests. The great global issues of our time require more international collaboration and networking in science, academia and research in particular. Our cooperation activities are guided by what we share: German and African actors in education, science and research were involved in drafting the strategy.

The new Africa Strategy focuses on five fields of action: Knowledge transfer and innovation, higher education and young talent, employability of university graduates and practical relevance of vocational education and training, collaborative research on implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and using synergy potentials at the national, European and international level.

The BMBF’s new Africa Strategy has created a reliable framework for establishing and expanding contacts and cooperation with African partner institutions.