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 MoreRoundtable Discussion on Transatlantic Views on Emerging PowersDecember 09, 2014GMF hosted a roundtable discussion on Transatlantic Views on Emerging Powers in Brussels on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Atlantic Dialogues side event: Responsible Security Operations LunchNovember 06, 2014On the sidelines of the Atlantic Dialogues in Marrakesh, GMF launched the final paper of the Responsible Security Operations project, “Changing the Narrative and Setting the Conditions for More Responsible Security Operations: A Policy Primer.” A Conversation with Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United NationsOctober 21, 2014Ambassador Power discussed the U.S. government’s efforts to help West African governments respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus, the gravest public health crisis in 40 years and a threat to international peace and security, as well as the crucial role Europe and the international community must play in developing a coordinated global response. Shifting 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.”
Publications MoreChanging the Narrative and Setting the Conditions for More Responsible Security Operations: A Policy PrimerOctober 22, 2014 / Daniel Fata
This policy brief explains the limits of corporate influence over host nations with regard to the human rights standards of their security forces.Atlantic 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.