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 MoreDoing Business in a Transforming WorldApril 04, 2014On April 3, the Brussels office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted an event called “Doing Business in a Transforming World together with TÜSİAD and BUSINESSEUROPE” to launch the TÜSİAD report Changing Roles and Functions of Business Organizations in the Process of Globalization. Energy and the Atlantic: The Shifting Energy Landscape of the Atlantic BasinMarch 27, 2014The expansion of renewables, the shale gas revolution, the boom in southern Atlantic oil, the dynamism of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and the possible emergence of gas-to-liquids (GTL) together have placed the Atlantic Basin at the cutting edge of the energy future.Urban Futures: An Atlantic PerspectiveFebruary 20, 2014This conference examines the importance of cities as global policy actors, innovators, and collaborators.The Rise of China and the Rest: What are the Implications for the Transatlantic Community?January 22, 2014On January 21, the Young Transatlantic Network and the U.S Mission to the EU hosted a roundtable discussion with some of the fellows from Transatlantic Academy, Christina Lin and Patrick Quirk.
Publications MoreBrussels Forum ViewsMarch 17, 2014
The 2014 Brussels Forum is built around the theme of “A World in Transition.”Promising Partnerships: Emerging and Established Powers in the 21st CenturyMarch 10, 2014 / Daniel M. Kliman, Joshua W. Walker, William Inboden
This policy paper set forth an innovative agenda for advancing cooperation between emerging and established powers.