Promoting and networking: „Afrika kommt!“

26.07.2017 - Article

Young African professionals are given a send‑off at the Federal Foreign Office.

Young African professionals are given a send‑off at the Federal Foreign Office.

Thirty young professionals from Sub-Saharan Africa who have completed the “Afrika kommt!” programme were given a send‑off at the Federal Foreign Office today (26 July). With this initiative, German companies are fostering young talents from African business with a one‑year stay in Germany.

Young talents from all sectors

A programme participant receives his certificate.
A programme participant receives his certificate.© AA

With engineers from Ghana, molecular biologists from Uganda and bankers from Nigeria, the programme’s participants hail from the most diverse business sectors and regions of Africa. During the fifth class of “Afrika kommt!”, the young professionals experienced German companies, learned German and completed management training courses over the past 12 months.

Nineteen German companies launched the programme in 2008. The aim was to create a training programme that promotes African talents while at the same time building bridges between the German and African economies. Working for a German company or non‑governmental organisation lies at the heart of the programme. The participants spend a total of eight months at their respective guest institutions and are integrated into various work processes. They also attend intensive language courses and management training sessions. Participants and companies are able to remain in touch after the training year thanks to a close alumni network. The programme is conducted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and is supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

Six thousand applicants for 30 places

“Afrika kommt!” has now become established as one of the most renowned funding programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, with over 6000 people applying for the 30 places available. The young professionals selected are among the best in their sector. With their knowledge, intercultural competence and their contacts, they become valuable bridge-builders between Germany and Africa thanks to “Afrika kommt!”.

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