Working as neighbours
for our One World
Working as neighbours for our One World
The AGYO invites young people from Africa and Germany to explore new paths together towards a sustainable global community. Virtually and in person; as part of a youth group or as a young professional.
under one roof
Diversity under one roof
The AGYO brings together the young generations, civil societies and working worlds of Germany and Africa. For strong partnerships at the personal and institutional level.
Your moment to
shape the future
Your moment to shape the future
The AGYO encourages lasting experiences – on exchanges, in everyday life and in joint projects. To make a change – personally and in collaborations, with the AGYO and beyond!

African-German Youth Office

What is the African-German Youth Office?

The African-German Youth Office (AGYO) helps young people from Germany and African countries who want to play an active role in sustainable development. Its Teams up! and Team works! programmes provide a platform for youth-group and young-expert exchanges. The idea is that we can make the world we live in a more equitable place for the entire global community by sharing experience, developing ideas, learning and taking action together.


Quote of the Federal Minister

Portrait of Svenja Schulze

The African-German Youth Office promotes ties between Africa and Germany and facilitates opportunities for young people to work together on new ideas for a sustainable future – as part of a global community and with the courage to see things from a different perspective.

Svenja Schulze,
German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development


The future? Let's shape it together!

Together we can achieve more. That is why the AGYO works to promote cooperation between and action by the young generations of German and Africa. It does so with the help of an experienced network and government funding. This video gives you the rundown.


Teams up! - Youth Exchange for Sustainable Development

The AGYO brings youth groups together - from drama clubs to sports teams. Young people on your neighbouring continent have similar hopes and concerns. You can learn from and with one another and achieve great things together - in your own countries and for our One World.

Team works! - Young Expert Exchange for Sustainable Development

Working in a tandem team with a more experienced expert, young professionals support a company on the neighbouring continent. This collaboration is a win-win situation for everyone: the people on the ground, the enterprises involved and all of us!


Fostering global community spirit

Partnership-based collaboration creates opportunities for people on both continents. With this mind, the AGYO facilitates exchanges and joint action to foster global awareness, cohesion and possibilities for involvement.

Promoting dia­logue and action

Nothing has more of a lasting effect than the things we experience for ourselves. By organising exchanges for young people, we increase their sense of international community, enable them to share views and give them an opportunity to experience how challenges can be overcome by working as a team.

Creating equal partnerships

Through the AGYO, participants from Germany and African countries achieve common goals by working together. We connect people from both continents based on their interests - young people, youth work organisations and enterprises.


Finding things in common and inspiration in different perspectives – through dialogue and cooperation, participants learn what they can achieve together. With the AGYO, they gain experiences and friends that stay with them for a lifetime.

Making sustainability a real experience

Since all AGYO exchange projects deal with one of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the participants make a conscious contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, our global contract for the future.

Supporting and uniting

The AGYO unites people, interests and experiences from different areas of society and expertise. In addition, it promotes communication, action and networks through educational, organisational and financial support.


The 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals

The AGYO helps young people from African countries and Germany identify possibilities for individual and joint action to make the world we live in a more equitable place for the entire global community, as set out in the 2030 Agenda. All projects and assignments are related to at least one of the 17 goals.

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Which of the following rivers is longest?

Possible answers:

  • A: Rhine
  • B: Congo
  • C: Nile

Correct answer: C

Explanation: With a length of 6,671 kilometres, the Nile is the longest river in Africa and, indeed, the world. The Congo runs 4,374 kilometres across Africa. The Rhine is Germany’s longest river, with a total length of 1,233 kilometres, making the Nile almost six times as long.

Which of the following countries has the highest percentage of female members of parliament?

Possible answers:

  • A: Germany
  • B: Rwanda
  • C: Zimbabwe

Correct answer: B

Explanation: At 61%, Rwanda has the largest share of female members of parliament in the world! In Germany’s Bundestag, 32% of the members are female, putting Germany in 47th position globally, not far behind Zimbabwe in 45th place. The global average is 25%.

In Germany, around 20% of the population is younger than 20. What is the percentage in Africa (approximately)?

Possible answers:

  • A: 20 %
  • B: 30 %
  • C: 50 %

Correct answer: C

Explanation: Roughly one in two Africans are younger than 20, making Africa the world’s youngest continent on average. That amount of young people means there is huge potential for creativity, innovation and sharing ideas.

What is the size ratio between Europe and Africa?

Possible answers:

  • A: 1:3
  • B: 1:8
  • C: 1:84

Correct answer: A

Explanation: Africa is the second largest continent on Earth, after Asia. Europe’s area is only a third of that of Africa. Map distortions often cause the African continent to look smaller than it is. In fact, Germany would fit into Africa 84 times.

Which has the smallest area?

Possible answers:

  • A: Seychelles
  • B: Saarland
  • C: Berlin

Correct answer: A

Explanation: The federal state of Saarland in Germany is 2,571 km² in size. Berlin has an area of 891km²- At 459km², the group of around 115 Seychelles islands is even smaller than Germany’s capital and the smallest country in Africa.

Who has to contribute to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out in the UN’s agenda 2030?

Possible answers:

  • A: Governments
  • B: Businesses
  • C: Everyone, including you

Correct answer: C

Explanation: In 2015, the international community agreed on 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). When it comes to achieving those goals, each of us can do their part. The AGYO can help you play an active role in sustainable development.

Which is older - the European Union (EU) or the African Union (AU)?

Possible answers:

  • A: EU
  • B: AU
  • C: Both the same

Correct answer: A

Explanation: The EU as we know it today was founded in 1992. The AU emerged from its predecessor 10 years later (2002) Although they are structured and work differently, both organisations aim to promote close regional cooperation.

Roughly how many languages are spoken on the African continent?

Possible answers:

  • A: 200
  • B: 2000
  • C: 20 000

Correct answer: B

Explanation: There are slightly more than 2,000 different languages in Africa - that’s more than 25% of the languages spoken around the world. Another reminder of the incredible dimensions and diversity of the African continent, with its 55 countries and 1,216 billion inhabitants.

Which country has the largest expanse of glaciers?

Possible answers:

  • A: Germany
  • B: Tanzania
  • C: Mali

Correct answer: B

Explanation: The 5,895m high Mount Kilimanjaro is surrounded by an expanse of glaciers measuring an estimated 1.5km². A hard act to follow for the five German glaciers in the Alps, with an area of 0.5km² However, global warming poses an acute risk for all glaciers.

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