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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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 MoreMorocco’s Reforms – Stalled or in Process?April 10, 2013GMF hosted Dr. Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, President of Morocco’s National Observatory for Human Development.The Fractured Ocean: Challenges to Maritime Policy in the Wider AtlanticMarch 28, 2013On Tuesday, March 27, the Brussels office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted the presentation of The Fractured Ocean: Challenges to Maritime Policy in the Wider Atlantic, a report published by GMF in partnership with the OCP Foundation.The Future of Mediterranean Europe Takes Centre Stage at the Mediterranean Strategy Group in LisbonMarch 27, 2013The German Marshall Fund of the United States organized the seventh meeting of the Mediterranean Strategy Group. This meeting was held in Lisbon, and focused on the theme “The Future of Mediterranean Europe: Between the Euro Crisis and Arab Revolutions.”Post-Revolutionary Tunisia; The Urgency and Prospects for Transatlantic CooperationFebruary 08, 2013On February 6, The German Marshall Fund of the United States hosted a luncheon roundtable discussion with Ambassador Faysal Gouia, Director General for the Americas and Asia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia. Ambassador Gouia examined the economic, political and social transformations in Tunisia, two years after the fall of the Ben Ali regime.
Publications MoreThe New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition: Pushing the Frontier of Enlightened CapitalismApril 09, 2013 / Jonathan M. White
This policy paper examines one way to encourage agricultural development in Africa.Welcome Home? Challenges and Chances of Return MigrationJanuary 18, 2013 / Hanna-Maija Kuhn, Isabell Zwania-Rößler, Karen Krüger, Karoline Popp, Magdalena Lesińska, Paweł Kaczmarczyk
This paper analyzes return migration from a variety of perspectives.