Germany and the African Union (AU)

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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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Passing away of Ambassador Joachim Schmidt

It is with deep grief and sorrow that the German Embassy Addis Ababa must announce the passing away of H.E. Joachim Schmidt, German Ambassador to Ethiopia and to the African Union.

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Minister Gabriel visits the African Union and Ethiopia

During his trip to the Horn of Africa, Foreign Minister Gabriel met on 2 May with representatives of the African Union the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

Ambassador Schmidt opened Second Meeting of the Police Strategic Support Group of the African Union in Addis Ababa

Ambassador Joachim Schmidt opened the Second Meeting of the Police Strategic Support Group (PSSG) in Addis Ababa on 28 November. The Group has the mandate to harmonize police action across AU peace op...

Inauguration of the sound installation “SONIC COMMUNITARY - The African Union: 20 to 20,000 Hz.” by Emeka Ogboh Julius Nyerere Peace & Security Building of the African Union

On Friday, 4 November – less than a month after the official opening of the new Julius Nyerere Peace and Security Building of the Africa Union by the German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel togeth...

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel inaugurated German-built AU Peace and Security Building

On her visit to Addis Ababa, seat of the African Union, on 11 October 2016 Dr. Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, inaugurated the new Julius Nyerere Peace and Security B...

Germany attended 4th Conference of African Ministers in Charge of Border Issues

From 3 - 6 October, African Ministers met to discuss border issues, such as integrated border management, demarcation and delimitation of African borders, at the seat of the African Union in Addis Aba...

Germany supports the African Union with additional EUR 55 Mio

Bilateral negotiations between the AU and Germany have been successfully concluded: The focus of this year’s commitment is on agricultural development through enhancement of agricultural skills. With ...

UN Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa: New global partnership between developing, emerging and industrialised countries

Dr Gerd Müller, Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, led the German delegation at the UN conference on Financing for Development:

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Germany Joins Addis Tax Initiative to Strengthen Developing Countries Domestic Resource Mobilization

More than 30 countries and international organizations have launched on 15 July 2015, on the side lines of the UN Conference on Financing for Development, the Addis Tax Initiative aimed at promoting a strong domestic tax system:

Framework Agreement on Development Cooperation

The close cooperation between the African Union and the Federal Republic of Germany has received a solid legal basis thanks to a framework agreement on development cooperation that was signed in the margin of the UN Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa on 13 July 2015:

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Building for Peace

Germany makes the third-largest financial contribution to the UN peacekeeping budget.