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The AFRIKA KOMMT! programme

Mar 30, 2022


Applications are now open for the AFRIKA KOMMT! Fellowship Programme to bring together the most visionary young leaders from Africa and leading German companies.

Companies benefit from the expertise, knowledge, local network and unique African perspective of the young professionals. The African fellows dive deep into the German corporate specifics, German business spirit and the German culture.

The African fellows dive deep into the German corporate specifics, German business spirit and the German culture. Empowered with international experience, technical skills and German language they become African change agents for the sake of both: the German business relations with Africa as well as for economic and social growth in the fellows’ home countries and communities.

The AFRIKA KOMMT! programme is entirely financed by the participating companies. As a fellow, all costs related to your participation in the fellowship programme will be covered (flights, accommodation, monthly stipend, trainings, language course).

What does the programme entail?

At the core of the AFRIKA KOMMT! programme is a one-year stay for the African professionals in Germany. During this time, the fellows actively work in their partner companies where they are trained and mentored. Other components organized by GIZ such as language courses, trainings and networking events supplement the learning experience.

  • Professional and tailor-made selection process: The fellows of the programme are chosen in a comprehensive selection process that is implemented in close cooperation with the participating companies.

  • Language and cultural integration for fellows: The programme begins with German language and cultural integration courses to prepare the fellows for their stay in Germany. The fellows also get an opportunity to visit cultural heritage sites within Germany.

  • Management training for fellows: The fellows undergo three modules of intense management training where they advance their knowledge of modern global management practices.

  • Professional fellowship in partner company: The young experts spend eight months with their partner companies and are engaged in projects and meaningful work experience.

  • AFRIKA KOMMT! Network: The partner companies and the African professionals come together at various networking events, share expertise and drive common projects.

  • Alumni phase: After their one-year stay in Germany, the fellows become knowledge and skill transfer ambassadors as alumni in their home countries. A one-week refresher course in Germany or in Africa advances the skill set of the alumni and fosters continued strengthening of the AFRIKA KOMMT! network.

Why become a partner company?
  • AFRIKA KOMMT! offers you an opportunity to tap into the finest of African talent and potential to achieve mutual social and economic benefit.

  • Since the programme’s inception in 2008, their partner companies across all economic sectors have built a formidable network of more than 200 alumni from 24 countries and skilled in promoting German-African relations.

Why become a fellow?
  • The AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship programme provides an unparalleled opportunity to young, talented African professionals for a one-year career and life transformational experience.

  • It is a programme for young, extraordinary African professionals who wish to expand the horizons of their skills, knowledge and experience and are not afraid to step out of their comfort zone to do so! They strive to facilitate young leaders to drive economic and social development of their countries by promoting sustainable cooperation with German industry.

Why should you participate?

As a participant of AFRIKA KOMMT! you will:

  • Refine your leadership and management competency

  • Access networks & opportunities for career acceleration

  • Improve your intercultural competence

  • Broaden your perspective and stir up innovation

  • Achieve personal growth

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet the following formal application criteria:

  • Citizenship of an African state

  • University degree in a relevant subject

  • Postgraduate studies (e.g. MBA) are an advantage

  • Two to five years of relevant work experience

  • Excellent knowledge of English

  • Basic knowledge of German is an advantage

  • Not older than 35 years

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