Africa Talks

Die Berichterstattung und der Austausch über afrikanische Themen in Deutschland und Europa sowie über europäische Sichtweisen auf den afrikanischen Kontinent sind ausbaufähig. Aus diesem Grund wurde 2020 das Webvideo-Format AfricaTalks ins Leben gerufen. Nach einer erfolgreichen ersten Staffel mit zehn Ausgaben, in denen unter anderem der ehemalige Bundespräsident Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler seinen persönlichen Outlook auf die europäisch-afrikanischen Beziehungen gegeben hat, wird die vom Auswärtigen Amt unterstützte Serie auch 2022/2023 fortgesetzt.   

Alumni der IJP-Journalistenprogramm haben die Möglichkeit, AfricaTalks mit ihren Fragen und Anregungen zu bereichern und so den Austausch über Grenzen hinweg weiter zu fördern. 

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Africa Talk #24 (Season 3)

Hydrogen – the savior of the energy crisis?


  • Prof. Simon Roberts, Lead Researcher, Center for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development 
  • Saliem Fakir, Executive Director, African Climate Foundation
  • Dr. Gunar Hering, Member of the Executive Board of ENERTRAG SE

Africa Talk #23 (Season 3)

A new strategy for cooperation wtih the African continent


  • Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Dr. Joseph Asunka, CEO of Afrobarometer since 2021. Previously, programme officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and lecturer in political science at the University of California (UCLA)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Nanziri, Director African Centre for Development Finance

Africa Talk #22 (Season 3)

After the COP 15 agreement: Are nature credits the key to save the planet?


  • Candice Stevens, Chair, Africa's Sustainable Finance Coalition
  • Prof. Patience Gandiwa, Director Zimparks
  • Dr. Sonja Stuchtey, Founder The Landbanking Group 

Africa Talk #21 (Season 3)

The Kunming/Montréal Declaration – World Nature Conference COP15 agrees on protecting biodiversity sustainably


  • Simangele Msweli-Ratsoana, Senior Manager for the Youth Leadership Programme at the African Wildlife Foundation in Kenya
  • Josef Settele, Head of the Department of Conservation Biology and Social-Ecological Systems at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Halle/Germany

Africa Talk #20 (Season 3)

The War in Ukraine – how can Africa and Europe face the ddramatic consequences?


  • Melanie Müller, German Institute for International and Security Affaris (SWP)
  • Timothy Njagi, Development Economist and Policy Analyst, Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development
  • Christian Vooren, IJP Alumnus & Editor ZEIT Online

Africa Talk #19 (Season 3)

Africa Tomorrow – Pathways to Prosperity


  • Jakkie Cilliers, founder and former Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Board of Trustees and head of the African Futures and Innovation Programme at the ISS

Africa Talk #18

Towards A Comprehensive Strategy with Africa?
- Challenges, Expectations and Opportunities for the 6th AU-EU Summit


  • Dr. Christoph Hoffmann, MdB (FDP)
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw, Associate Director, Peaceful Societies and Accountable Governance, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
  • Dr. Olumide Abimbola, Executive Director, African Policy Research Institute (APRI)

Africa Talk #17

What China is up to in Africa and what do African countries expect?
Joined IJP Asia & Africa Talk


  • Dr. Christian Straube, Programme Manager China Stiftung Asienhaus, Köln
  • Alan Robles, South China Morning Post / Correspondent Manilla
  • Oshodi Adbul-Gafar, Lecturer Lagos State University / Lagos

Africa Talk #16

One year African Continental Free Trade Area
What has worked and where are the opportunities and risks?


  • Mamadou Lamine Ba, Director Business Environment, Agency for the Promotion of Investments and Major Works (APIX), Senegal
  • Prof. Julian Hinz, Assistant Professor for International Economics, Universität Bielefeld

Africa Talk #15

How to deal with the Omicron variant of the Corona virus?


  • Dr. Bernhard Braune, Head of Division "Global Health Policy and Finance", Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Aileen Puhlmann, Head, Lemonaid & Charities e.V.
  • Tobias Kahler, Head German Relations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Africa Talk #14

Good Governance - Bad Governance: How can African and European countries improve and benefit from each other?


  • Tundo Lisso, Opposition Leader, CHADEMA, Tanzania
  • Volkmar Klein, MdB, CDU

Africa Talk #13

Scarce housing and skyrocketing rents - disturbing developments in the housing sector?


  • Beatrice Mwangi, Research Manager, Centre for Affordable Housing finance in Africa 
  • Christian Putsch, Africa Correspondent, Welt Media Group

Africa Talk #12

COP26 - Climate change hits Africa with full force - what needs to be done?


  • Chido Muzondo, Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Vian Musika, Renewable Energy Manager, Ecological Christian Organization
  • Dr. Gerrit Hansen, Program Director Climate Change, Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Julia M. Blocher, Doctoral Researcher, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Africa Talk #11

Election year 2021: What are the learnings in Germany, Europe and Africa? Are the issues and challenges comparable?


  • Moky Makura, Executive Director of Africa No Filter
  • Joe Chialo, Executive Vice President A&R / Universal Music Central Europe & Africa and Politician (CDU)
  • Dr. Wigan Salazar, Political strategist and Public Affairs Expert, CEO MSL Germany
  • Baidessou Soukolgue, Head of Elections and Political Processes Department, EISA

Africa Talk #10 - Special Edition

Africa and Europe - a new partnership for a post-Covid world?

Sondersendung mit dem ehem. Bundespräsidenten Prof. Horst Köhler


Africa Talk #9

Are Covid-19 vaccinations deepening rifts between the Northern and Southern hemispheres?


  • Dr. Andreas Wulf, MD, Berlin Representative, Medico International e.V.
  • Prof. Leslie London, Head Division of Public Health Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Cape Town

Africa Talk #8

Arts and Culture - How does COVID-19 affect sector and living culture?


  • Eddie Hatitye, Director, Music in Africa
  • Baraka Issabu, Director, Action Music Tanzania
  • Melissa Perales, Music Pool Berlin, Night School, Germany
  • Njathi Kabui, Chef, Anthropologist, Farmer, Kenya/USA

Africa Talk # 7

Agriculture and Food Sustainability - How COVID-19 affects our access to food?


  • Renate Künast, Member of the German Parliament (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen), Food Policy Spokesperson
  • Wambui Njeru, Here and Beyond (H&B), Kenya
  • Federico Döhnert, Regional RAM Officer, World Food Programme Regional Bureau for West & Central Africa
  • Stig Tanzmann, Agriculture Expert, Brot für die Welt, Germany 

Africa Talk #6

The role of journalism in the pandemic - How COVID-19 puts journalists under fire


  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Russ-Mohl, European Journalism Observatory (EJO), Germany
  • Meera Selva, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK
  • Sally Chiwama, Chairperson, Free Press Initiative (FPI), Zambia
  • Kai Feldhaus, Reporter, Bild Zeitung, Germany

Africa Talk #5

Is COVID-19 deepening Gender Inequality?


  • Memory Kachambwa, Executive Director, FEMNET, African Women's Development and Communication Network
  • Mildred Ngesa, PanAfrican Transformational Leadership Coach, Gender & Communications Expert, Kenya
  • Anke Paetsch, Member of Management Board, Director International Relations and Diversity, Association of German Foundations

Africa Talk #4

In the light of COVID-19 - how to create jobs and offer Africa's youth prospects for a good future


  • Foster  Mkandawire, Programme Manager for School Programmes, Plan International, Malawi
  • Thomas Rolf, Head of Global Programme Training and Job Creation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • George Cantreph, Teacher, New Haven Montessori School, Accra / Ghana

Africa Talk #3

The poor loose again - is COVID-19 pushing the African continent into poverty?


  • Prof. Michael Klundt, Faculty of Applied Human Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal
  • Ruwandzano Makumbe, Lawyer & Special Projects Consultant for the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimbRights)
  • Mase Ramaru, community organiser and Queer, Feminist Advocacy, South Africa

Africa Talk #2

The digital transformation imperative - how COVID-19 speeds up Africa's and Europe's digitalisation


  • Michael Pittelkow, SAP Africa, Executive Development Policy Partner
  • Dapo Oyeneye, Developer and IT Consultant, Dakins Consulting

Africa Talk #1

Business as unusual - how COVID-19 turns Africa's and Europe's economy


  • Christoph Hoffmann, Member of the German Parliament (FDP / Free Democratic Party)
  • Geoffrey Kamanzi, Manager Policy Trade in Services, East African Business Council (EABC)

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