50 years of German-Kenyan relations
Germany was the first country to recognize Kenya's independence back in 1963. This year, Kenya and Germany commemorate the 50th anniversary of partnership and cooperation.
In response to the Polio outbreak in the Horn of Africa, Germany's Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany committed 5 million Euro to support the implementation of the Kenya Polio Outbreak Preparedness and Response Plan. The funding will contribute to a nationwide campaign targeting all 8.4 million children below five years of age living in Kenya.
Germany supports fight against Polio
Seminar on Humanitarian Aid
Representatives from the Foreign Office and from German embassies in Africa met for a three-day seminar in the German Embassy Nairobi to discuss current issues and challenges of humanitarian aid together with organisations based in Kenya. The seminar was found very useful by all participants. Germany attaches great importance to humanitarian assistance which is a sign of solidarity.
Read more about Humanitarian Aid
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Top three winners selected for outstanding inventions for basic supply entered to the “empowering people. Award” by the Siemens Stiftung
Prize money of 200,000 Euro was awarded to the 23 most promising submissions at the Award Ceremony in Nairobi on October 30th, 2013. A renowned international jury decided: The first prize goes to Martin Aufmuth from Germany for his innovative production of OneDollarGlasses. The second prize was awarded to Dr. Moses Kizza Musaazi from Uganda for Makapads - sustainable sanitary pads for women. The third prize was received by David Osborne from the UK for the water and energy innovation Jompy Water Boiler.
Press release: Siemens Stiftung "empowering people. Award" [pdf, 350.04k]
Promoting Human Rights - Project Funding by the Federal Foreign Office
Respect for and development of Human Rights are a key priority for the German Government. Its human rights policy in international relations seeks to protect individuals from violations of their rights and basic freedoms and to create a viable framework to ensure that suppression, the arbitrary use of power and exploitation no longer have a chance to flourish. With regard to this, the German Federal Foreign Office annually supports projects which aim at improving the situation of human rights. Kenyan civil society and human rights organisations are invited to submit respective proposals to the German Embassy in Nairobi by 16 December latest.
Information Leaflet on Human Rights Project Funding [pdf, 120.31k]
Conference commemorating 50 years of Franco-German friendship
50 years ago, Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and the French President Charles de Gaulle signed the Élysée Treaty. On the occasion of this jubilee, German, French, Kenyan and Tanzanian institutions and representatives of civil society engaged in a conference held in Nairobi on 28 October dedicated to the topic "French-German Co-operation Promoting European Integration: A Model for East Africa?". The participants discussed questions of economic and legal integration, the role of youth and youth mobility as well as possibilities of cooperation between the civil society and the academia.
Read more about the Élysée Treaty
Conference: 50 years Élysée Treaty (program) [pdf, 314.91k]
Chancellor Angela Merkel on the terror attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi
As the Government spokesman declared on 25 September 2013:
The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is appalled by the terrible terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi during which more than 60 people were killed and many others were injured. Among the victims are many children.
The Chancellor strongly condemns this brutal act of violence.
This assault is an attack on people from various nations. Wherever Germany can assist in the fight against fundamentalist terror, it will do so.
In these difficult moments, we mourn the victims. We express our solidarity to their relatives and to the entire Kenyan people.
The perpetrators of this terrible attack have to be brought to justice swiftly.
German Criminal Police supports Kenyan security officers
Six police officers from the German Criminal Police have arrived in Nairobi today. Their task will be to support an international team in securing evidence and identifying bodies. By sending police forces to Nairobi, Germany wishes to support Kenya in the investigations on the terror attack on Westgate Mall and to contribute to arresting the perpetrators and instigators of the attack.
Visas for third-country nationals residing in Burundi and Seychelles
Applicants for Schengen visa residing in Burundi and the Seychelles and who are not respectively Burundian or Seychellois nationals may no longer lodge their visa applications at the Belgian Embassy in Burundi or the French Embassy on the Seychelles. Effective from now, third-country applicants must come in person to the German Embassy in Nairobi for their visa application.
Find out more about the visa regulations
From welcome breakfasts to friendship programmes, German universities come up with lots of interesting ways of making it easier for international students to settle into their new surroundings. The DAAD offers them a combined scholarship and support programme (STIBET), which is funded by the Federal Foreign Office. It supports introductory events and country evenings as well as specialist support for foreign doctoral students. Projects like Die Brücke (The Bridge) in Münster have developed their own special approaches and act as examples for other universities.
Scholarship and support programme
“Recognition in Germany” is the official online portal for the Federal Recognition Act. It provides migrants and foreign skilled workers with information on how and where they can submit an applicatio...
Recognition in Germany