And the products required to accomplish this could not be produced without private capital. But does this mean that Africa has to introduce compulsory environmental impact assessments along the lines of German standards?

In the context of the Compact with Africa, which was introduced under Germany’s G20 presidency last year, forums were set up to define minimum requirements in the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. However, the corresponding standards for overseas investments had not yet been defined in the industrial countries, Hendricks pointed out. Nevertheless, the countries in Africa and Asia had to become active in a wide range of areas as well. The winners of this year’s German Africa Prizes, with which the German Africa Foundation distinguishes African individuals once a year for their efforts to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development on the continent, had demonstrated examples of civil society engagement.

Tanzania – power supply yes, but sustainable

Gerard Bigurube, Frankfurt Zoological Society Programme Manager for Tanzania, was Director General of the Tanzania National Parks Authority TANAPA at Selous Wildlife Reserve for 16 years.