Map Africa

Regional Cooperation

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.

GIZ AU Office

Business and Employment

Social development


Peace and security

Regional economic integration

Good Governance

Regional projects and programmes

Rural Development

Sustainable Infrastructure

Security, reconstruction and peace

Social development

Governance and democracy

Environment and climate change

Support for national climate change adaptation plans in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa Energising Development project in the founding states of the Mano River Union: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sector of southern Africa Working with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to increase drought resilience in the Horn of Africa Supporting the Pan African University and establishing the Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES) REDD Early Movers Policy dialogue on low-emission strategies in the MENA Region (BMUB) Green economic transition in Africa (BMUB) Management of the Benguela Current Marine Ecoregion (BMUB) Führung in globaler Verantwortung – Climate Leadership Plus Programm International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (BMUB) Unterstützung ausgewählter Partnerländer bei der Erarbeitung ihrer Treibhausgas-Minderungsbeiträge (INDC) (BMUB) Promotion of a climate-friendly interconnected power system in West Africa German Green Cooling Initiative (BMUB) Converting production of commercial refrigeration equipment in Swaziland from fluorinated to natural refrigerants (BMUB) Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in the Mono Delta (BMUB) Concepts for sustainable waste management Regional network for integrated waste management in the MENA region Transboundary use and protection of natural resources in the SADC region Development of integrated monitoring systems for REDD+ in the SADC region (BMUB) (completed) Partnerships for recycling Network of demonstration activities for sustainable integrated wastewater treatment and reuse in the Mediterranean Adapting the framework for forestry policy to meet the needs of climate change in the MENA region Network of demonstration activities for sustainable integrated wastewater treatment and reuse in the Mediterranean

Economic development and employment