Dialogue on African Security at the Munich Security Conference

Inter-country cooperation and peacekeeping are crucial for sustainable development. The Munich Security Conference is a forum for stakeholders.

Individual African countries are frequently subject to crises and conflicts, which pose major obstacles for societies’ economic, political and social development on the continent. The African Union (AU) and further African regional organisations are looking for their own solutions to promote peace and security. With a comprehensive African Peace and Security Architecture, the AU wants to become better prepared to prevent, manage and resolve violent conflicts and crises.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the participants in this constructive dialogue on security and development approaches in the region. The federal enterprise is a partner of the Munich Security Conference, which brings together the most important decision-makers in the fields of security and peace once a year. This year’s conference will take place from 15 to 17 February in the city, which is the capital of the German Federal State of Bavaria. At this conference, GIZ brings together high-ranking African and European stakeholders to promote the exchange on developing inter-country structures and civil peacekeeping in Africa. This is crucial both for the regional integration on the continent and for the success of international cooperation for sustainable development.

GIZ can look back on many years of experience on the continent and in the sector. This includes supporting the AU in promoting the African Peace and Security Architecture on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Within this framework, GIZ has contributed to establishing a continent-wide early warning system. The system has made it possible in recent years for the African Union and individual regional organisations to de-escalate crises and to defuse conflicts early on by way of diplomatic measures.

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