Devising and implementing a comprehensive transatlantic approach to developing countries in Africa is of critical importance to North America and Europe for economic, security, and moral reasons. While most African countries in the years before the global recession enjoyed impressive economic growth with an annual average of 6 percent, the food crisis and the world economic crisis brought this period of growth to a standstill and pushed approximately 200 million people back into poverty. In addition, illiteracy, malnutrition, and poor health still affect large parts of the population in Africa. The domestic challenges in the developing world and the inability of some governments to provide for their citizens can have international ramifications, including refugee migration, pandemics, or proliferation of criminal networks, wars, and terrorism.
North America and Europe still account for over 93 percent of total bilateral aid to Africa and leaders on both sides of the Atlantic have made commitments to address food security and climate change in the developing world. In addition, both the United States and Europe are in the process of reviewing their trade and development policies toward African countries in order to increase their effectiveness.
GMF addresses the opportunities and challenges facing countries in Africa through grantmaking, convening, networking, and research efforts around aid, trade, agriculture, and food security to promote conditions for sustainable and market-led development.
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Programs & Projects moreWider Atlantic
GMF’s Wider Atlantic Program promotes a more comprehensive approach to Atlanticism, with the GMF-OCP Foundation partnership looking to move beyond the traditional northerly axis that has driven contemporary transatlantic relations.Urban and Regional Policy
Events MoreShifting Patterns of Trade: TTIP and the South AtlanticSeptember 11, 2014On September 25, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the OCP Policy Center, in cooperation with the EU-Africa Chamber of Commerce, hosted a panel discussion in Brussels on “Shifting Patterns of Trade: TTIP and the South Atlantic.” GMF-EUISS Transatlantic Workshop US and EU approaches to Africa: Where do we stand?July 02, 2014On June 24th, the Paris Office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States co-organized, with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), a workshop on EU and US approaches to Africa.The Fractured Ocean: Current Challenges to Maritime Policy in the Wider AtlanticJune 16, 2014This conference examines the challenges posed by human activity on the Atlantic Ocean itself, and around its coasts, looking at it not so much as a vast expanse separating the Americas from Africa and Europe but rather as a shared resource and an important connector.Regional Solutions for Challenges in AfricaMay 23, 2014On May 20, 2014, The German Marshall Fund’s Lugar Diplomacy Institute hosted a roundtable discussion entitled “Regional Solutions for Challenges in Africa.”
Publications MoreAtlantic Currents: An Annual Report on Wider Atlantic Perspectives and PatternsOctober 17, 2014 / Ian Lesser, Karim El Aynaoui, Memory Dube, Peter Draper, Eckart Woertz, Kristine Berzina, Andrés Serbín, Amadou Sy, Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Esther Brimmer, Karim El Mokri
This publication charts key developments affecting the future of Atlantic societies.Libya and Mali Operations: Transatlantic Lessons LearnedJuly 18, 2014 / Philippe Gros
This paper analyzes the key stages of the recent military operations in Libya and Mali, and highlights the lessons learned.