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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.
 
Diversity
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 Dr Gerd Mueller

The young generation in Europe and Africa holds the key to the future in its own hands. They can only overcome the challenges facing the global community if they work together. That is why we have founded the African-German Youth Office - to find solutions for sustainable development, working hand in hand.

Dr Gerd Müller,
German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

THE AGYO IN 2 MINUTES

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.

OUR PROGRAMMES

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!

WHY AN AFRICAN-GERMAN YOUTH OFFICE?

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.

Inspiring
people

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 CONTRACT FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR ONE WORLD

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 countries has the highest percentage of female members of parliament?

Mögliche Anworten:

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

Richtige Antwort: B

Erklärung: 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%.

Which of the following rivers is longest?

Mögliche Anworten:

  • A: Rhine
  • B: Congo
  • C: Nile

Richtige Antwort: C

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

Mögliche Anworten:

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

Richtige Antwort: A

Erklärung: 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.

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

Mögliche Anworten:

  • A: 20 %
  • B: 30 %
  • C: 50 %

Richtige Antwort: C

Erklärung: 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?

Mögliche Anworten:

  • A: 1:3
  • B: 1:8
  • C: 1:84

Richtige Antwort: A

Erklärung: 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 country has the largest expanse of glaciers?

Mögliche Anworten:

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

Richtige Antwort: B

Erklärung: 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.

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

Mögliche Anworten:

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

Richtige Antwort: C

Erklärung: 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 has the smallest area?

Mögliche Anworten:

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

Richtige Antwort: A

Erklärung: 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.

Roughly how many languages are spoken on the African continent?

Mögliche Anworten:

  • A: 200
  • B: 2000
  • C: 20 000

Richtige Antwort: B

Erklärung: 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.

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