The founding of the African Union (AU) in 2002 has provided fresh momentum for regional integration in Africa. The AU and the regional economic communities it recognises are increasingly relying on inter-country cooperation to address the challenges facing the continent.
Germany’s international cooperation has promoted political and economic integration at the regional level in Africa. GIZ provides advisory services to the African Union, the regional economic communities and other institutions such as river basin commissions. With its focus on the priority areas of peace and security, good governance, infrastructure and the promotion of agriculture, Germany’s international cooperation programmes support the priorities set by the African Union Commission (AUC). The protection of the environment and natural resources and other issues in Germany’s international cooperation portfolio are also addressed through regional cooperation.
GIZ’s services include institutional capacity development and support for transnational policy dialogues. The development of the Pan-African University (PAU) is a particular priority for the AUC and Germany alike.