Africa and Middle East Research AssistantResearch Division:
Megatrends Afrika Research Assistant for Communications
Since 2022 Research Assistant focussing on communications in the project "Megatrends Africa", Africa and Middle East Division
2018-2021 Research Assistant at the German Development Institute (DIE), Research Program Inter- and Transnational Cooperation
2017-2021 M.A. Political Science, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
2015-2018 Freelance Journalist
2013-2017 B.A. Political Science and History, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Megatrends such as climate change, digitalisation, and urbanisation are transforming all aspects of politics, economics and society in Africa. Consequently, they are also affecting conflict dynamics. This Working Paper focuses specifically on how megatrends are altering patterns of foreign intervention in African conflicts. Two aspects stand out: the range of intervening powers is widening, and they are intervening increasingly at arm’s length by delegating to human or technical surrogates.
Disinformation is increasingly informing political discourse. Large-scale campaigns are exercising political influence in countries such as Uganda, Sudan and Mali. Russia’s interference is viewed as particularly problematic. In the fourth policy workshop of Megatrends Afrika, we discussed just what kind of influence disinformation has and how the phenomenon can be countered.
Africa’s rapid urbanization has left experts astonished and policymakers facing significant challenges. In our latest Megatrends Afrika policy workshop, urban governance experts discussed possible pathways to inclusive urbanization.
Perceptions create the framework within which we form opinions and take decisions. This makes it important to monitor how they develop and end up shaping public opinion and politics in Africa. Over the past weeks, Megatrends Afrika has explored different perspectives on how perceptions influence politics. On 15 June 2022, we discussed the results with political decision-makers and representatives from academia and civil society.
On the occasion of its G7 presidency, the German government is welcoming heads of state and government to a summit at Schloss Elmau from June 26 to 28. Many issues on the agenda – climate, food security, economic recovery after Covid-19, among others – affect African societies and states in particular. Yet, this aspect is rarely part of the discussions at the G7, says Axel Berger, acting deputy director at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS). In this Megatrends Afrika Spotlight, we talk with him about the need for G7 debates to be more outward-looking, especially where it concerns its African partners.
Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), or China. More and more actors are becoming involved in Africa. They influence economy and security on the continent in particular. For our first Megatrends Afrika policy workshop, we invited international experts to discuss the role of these actors in Africa: How do the alleged "newcomers" get involved on the continent? What does this mean for German and European engagement?