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Africa and Middle East

Rich in cultural diversity and natural resources, Africa is a continent of opportunity. Its young population (50 percent are under 25 years of age) has a high potential for innovation for the sustainable development of the region. The developing dynamics can be observed in economic and social transformation processes. Education, science and research are becoming increasingly important, and excellent institutions already exist in these areas. The range of opportunities for cooperation with international research teams is growing - in partnership and for mutual added value.


The countries of Africa and the Middle East are united by concern for the future of their young generation. A lack of jobs - also for well-trained young academics - means economic and social insecurity for large parts of the population. Investments in education, science and research can open up new perspectives and break negative cycles. As part of its Africa strategy, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) promotes cooperation between German scientists and educational and scientific organizations with partners from Africa and the Middle East.

Cooperation topics

The most important topics of the cooperation arise from the common social and global challenges: health, nutrition, climate, water, energy, but also the capacity building on site as well as research on innovation and employability form the core of our initiatives.

In addition to long-standing scientific collaborations with countries such as Egypt, South Africa and Jordan, there are also agreements with Tunisia, Morocco and the Palestinian Territories. Together with these and other partners, we are continuously working on setting new impulses for cooperation and developing innovative solutions for the pressing challenges of our time. The good bilateral relations are often supplemented by networks in a European context.