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Joint Futures

The blog series on Germany’s new Africa Policy Guidelines

Welcome to Joint Futures!

What does it mean to shape a forward-looking Africa policy today? How can German Africa policy be further developed and reimagined? These are questions we want to explore at Megatrends Afrika. Our new blog series Joint Futures serves as a platform where diverse voices from academia, policy and civil society can discuss their thoughts, ideas and visions on German Africa policy. From different perspectives, our authors reflect on strategically important developments, blind spots and new ways forward. The contributions are intended to provide policy-relevant stimuli and recommendations for the German Federal Government and its new Africa Policy Guidelines. We are particularly interested in how Germany and African partners envision the future together. We look forward to the exchange on our Joint Futures and wish you an inspiring read!

Joint Futures is a project of Megatrends Afrika. It is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. Responsibility for content, opinions expressed and sources used in the articles and interviews lies with the respective authors.

  • Gilbert Dhego

    Exploitive Mineral Extraction in the DRC Must Stop

    In its economic relations with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany should redouble its efforts to ensure that companies and private investors respect human rights, writes Gilbert Dhego in this Joint Futures blog.

    blog Joint Futures 46, 15.02.2024

  • Nadia Islam Tedoldi, Fidelis Stehle

    Beyond Borders: Youth as Architects of Sustainable Global Ties

    Youth cooperation has great potential to create a more interconnected world, argue Fidelis Stehle and Nadia Islam Tedoldi. This does not just have symbolic value – it is a strategic investment that recognises the interconnectedness of global challenges and the need to work together.

    blog Joint Futures 42, 31.01.2024

  • Niagalé Bagayoko

    The International Interventions in the Sahel: a Collective Failure?

    The ongoing crisis in the Sahel shows that traditional instruments of international involvement are no longer adequate to respond to the challenges in security provision and governance. Policymakers need to rethink their approach to addressing insecurity in the region and in Africa more generally

    blog Joint Futures 37, 15.01.2024

  • Jakob Gomolka, Tendai E. Kasinganeti, Héctor Morales Muñoz

    Climate Security as an Opportunity for African-German Cooperation

    Following COP28, Jakob Gomolka, Tendai Kasinganeti and Hector Morales Munoz summarize the findings of their African Climate Security Risk Assessment (ACRA). Policy responses such as financing and environmental peacebuilding provide entry points for Germany’s cooperation with African states.

    blog Joint Futures 35, 18.12.2023

  • Michael Roll

    Africa’s future will be decided in its cities

    Africa is urbanising at an unprecedented pace and scale. Despite all the challenges, urbanisation represents a unique opportunity for the structural transformation and development of the continent – if the right measures are taken and supported in time, writes Michael Roll (IDOS).

    blog Joint Futures 33, 08.12.2023

  • Mark Furness, Annabelle Houdret

    The EU Global Gateway and North Africa: Practical and Moral Challenges

    The EU’s Global Gateway infrastructure investment programme is a new paradigm for cooperation with Africa. Mark Furness & Annabelle Houdret argue that European and German policymakers need to address the practical and moral dilemmas of investing in infrastructure with authoritarian governments, especially in North Africa.

    blog Joint Futures 31, 04.12.2023

  • Detlef Müller-Mahn, Eric Kioko

    Envisioning African Futures

    Germany’s future depends on Africa in many ways, including with regard to some burning issues such as migration, energy supply and climate change, which can only be solved in cooperation with African partners. Detlef Müller-Mahn and Eric Kioko ask: How do Africans envision their own futures?

    blog Joint Futures 28, 24.11.2023

  • Melle Leenstra

    The Netherlands and Germany, European friends with Africa

    Having received inspiration through its cooperation with Germany, the Dutch government has formulated an Africa Strategy that places equality at the heart of its agenda. This means taking responsibility for its place in the world, as well as acknowledging the historical role that Europe has played on the continent. Dr Melle Leenstra, Strategic Policy Advisor at the Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands, reflects on the challenge that the Netherlands has set itself regarding Africa.

    blog Joint Futures 20, 06.11.2023

  • David Luke

    Why Africa Needs a New Trade Deal

    David Luke argues that the current trade policy framework between Africa and its partners is failing to deliver economic dynamism and growth. It is time for a major rethink of trade policy towards Africa.

    blog Joint Futures 18, 01.11.2023

  • Valérie Rosoux

    Conflict Mediation: Limits and Pitfalls

    Germany is proud of its commitment to conflict mediation and its engagement in peace-building efforts. With a focus on the post-conflict communities in the African Great Lakes and the Balkans, Valérie Rosoux asks: “What if reconciliation is not on the agenda?”

    blog Joint Futures 14, 24.10.2023

  • Jutta Urpilainen

    Team Europe is Forging a Stronger Partnership with Africa through Global Gateway

    The EU’s Global Gateway strategy stands at the heart of Brussel’s cooperation with the neighbouring continent. Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, highlights the Team Europe approach in bringing together resources and expertise for Africa, in Africa and increasingly led by Africa.

    blog Joint Futures 11, 18.10.2023

  • Alex Vines

    More Trade, Less Aid

    African states increasingly seek a trade, not aid partnership with Germany. Berlin will have to invest more in trade promotion, but also encourage the German private sector to develop market strategies for the continent. This will require a sharper Africa strategy that focuses on promoting Africa's market potential among German companies, in addition to stronger commercial diplomacy by German embassies and chambers of commerce.

    blog Joint Futures 08, 10.10.2023

  • Matthias Basedau

    Coups in Africa – Why They Happen, and What Can (Not) Be Done about Them

    Military coups in Africa are on the rise again. The trend is being driven by acute political crises, traditionally politicized militaries and self-reinforcing regional dynamics. German and European policy should address the root causes, and the West should avoid short-sighted geopolitics and revise its Africa policy. Importantly, instruments should be tailored according to local needs.

    blog Joint Futures 05, 28.09.2023

  • Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili

    Not Just Statistics: Why We Need to Overcome Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

    Nigeria’s youth is rapidly growing – a significant promise for the country’s future, but a currently untapped potential due to high unemployment. Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education, explains how Abuja and Berlin could work together to empower youth.

    blog Joint Futures 04, 28.09.2023