The debate on the sense and purpose of a 'Marshall Plan with Africa' has been in full swing.
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In January, Germany’s development minister Gerd Müller presented the outline of a ‘Marshall Plan with Africa’ as part of Germany’s G20 presidency in 2017. Development experts and civil society representatives discussed just how effective such a plan can be and what it ought to look like in Berlin/Germany in mid-May.

“Africa und Europa – a New Partnership for Development, Peace and the Future”. Under this title, Germany’s development ministry put forward its “Cornerstones for a Marshall Plan with Africa” for discussion in public in mid-January 2017. Since then, the debate on the sense and purpose of such a Marshall Plan has been in full swing. Both critical aspects and opportunities and proposals for improvements were discussed at the “Entwicklungspolitische Diskussionstage”, organised by the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, in co-operation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin in mid-May.

What is lacking?

Ursula Schäfer-Preuss, Deputy-Chair of UN Women Germany, criticises the omission of a gender-specific vision in the plan. Women were the drivers of achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Schäfer-Preuss referred to the statistics compiled by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) according to which, if women in agriculture had the same opportunities as men, yields could be increased by 20 to 30 per cent and economic performance could be enhanced by 2.5 to 4 per cent, while the number of people suffering hunger could be reduced by 12 to 17 per cent.

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