Germany’s cooperation with the African Union (AU)
All 55 African states have joined forces in the African Union (AU) to promote peace and prosperity on the continent. As Africa's direct neighbour, the European Union is the AU's most important partner, particularly in capacity building and the further development of the African peace and security architecture, but also in cooperation on trade and migration issues, for example.
Germany is one of the most important bilateral partners of the African Union and its institutions and bodies such as the AUDA-NEPAD development agency, the African human rights institutions and the regional economic communities. The German government is guided by the principles and goals set out by the African Union in its Agenda 2063. One particular focus of support is on the prevention and management of violent conflicts. At the same time, Germany is supporting projects such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which is essential for the continent's economic and social development, the establishment of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) , and pan-African programs to promote infrastructure, vocational training, digitization and civic participation, among others.
Germany has been one of the African Union's most reliable partners since its founding in 2002. Since then, Germany has supported the AU with more than half a billion euros. In addition, as the EU's largest contributor, Germany also contributes significantly to the EU's support for the AU.