Germany and the African Union (AU)

Partner Africa - Ccooperation with the African Union (AU)

Germany’s cooperation with the African Union (AU)

The AU heads a developing institutional structure, that represents Africa as a partner in the globalized world. Africa wishes to be acknowledged as a partner, not a beneficiary of development aid. We would like to recognize Africa as a competent partner in mastering global challenges. Germany and the European Union continue to enjoy a very special partnership.

Between 2004 and 2016 Germany has granted more than 500 million Euro in total to the AU. Since 2009, Germany’s annual grants to the AU amount up to 52 million Euro in average with an upwards tendency. In recent years, the annual grants came to app. 74 million Euro. Thus, the African Union cultivates one of its most intensive bilateral partnership with Germany.

29 % of German aid go to the AU’s Department of Peace and Security, followed by the departments of Agriculture (23 %), Education (18 %), Infrastructure (17 %), and Good Governance (9 %).

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