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 MoreThe 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.“Beyond the Revolution: The Long Struggle for Reform in Tunisia” A Conversation with Professor Habib KazdaghliAugust 02, 2013On Thursday, August 1st, the German Marshall Fund (GMF) Washington, DC office hosted Habib Kazdaghli, Tunisian activist, professor of history, and Dean of the University of Manouba. Lugar Institute for Diplomacy and Congress Ambassadorial Roundtable on AfricaJuly 23, 2013On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, the Richard G. Lugar Institute for Diplomacy and Congress convened an Ambassadorial Roundtable focused on key issues in U.S.-Africa relations.Energy and the Atlantic: The Shifting Energy Landscape of the Atlantic BasinJuly 03, 2013On July 2, the Brussels Office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted a luncheon roundtable discussion centered on the report Energy and the Atlantic: The Shifting Energy Landscape of the Atlantic Basin, written by Paul Isbell, Calouste Gulbenkian fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS.
Publications MoreTrade in the Wider Atlantic and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment PartnershipMarch 06, 2014 / Peter Sparding
This policy paper analyzes the changing trade patterns in the Wider Atlantic.Africa and the Mediterranean: Evolving Security Dynamics after the Arab UprisingsFebruary 28, 2014 / Andrea Dessì, Dario Cristiani, Wolfgang Mühlberger, Giorgio Musso
This policy paper focuses on the Sahel, Libya, and Egypt since the Arab Spring.