Afrika kommt! 2013 – 2015: Newsletter, Oktober 2014. Alumni publish new Newsletter Volumne and give insight in their experiences.
Official farewell ceremony of the third Afrika kommt! Program in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin
On June 26th in 2014 an eventful and informative year for the participants of the third year of the program Afrika kommt! ended. After language courses, International Management Training Courses, a nine-month practical training in the partner companies, which is the key aspect of the program, and many other interesting items on the agenda, e.g. a study tour and a weekend seminar, an official farewell ceremony took place in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
In addition to the participants, senior members of the Federal Foreign Office, representatives of the partner companies and GIZ GmbH were part of the event.
After an official welcome of Egon Kochanke, ambassador and regional director for Subsahara Africa and Sahel, and a welcoming speech of Dr. Heiner Boeker, representative of Robert Bosch GmbH and speaker of the Afrika kommt! working group, some participants told about their experiences during the program. Final item on the agenda was the award of the certificates to the participants.
Subsequent to the official farewell ceremony a boat trip on the Spree took place.
Afrika kommt! Study tour and seminar at the ZEIT Foundation
With financial support from Deutsche Bank a study tour was held in Berlin and Brandenburg on 23-28 March on the topic of “Regional Economic Development”. On the following weekend a seminar was held in Hamburg – financially supported by the ZEIT Foundation. Both Deutsche Bank and the ZEIT Foundation are founding members of the program ‘Afrika kommt!’.
The study tour and the weekend seminar at the ZEIT Foundation are key elements of the programme, as they not only provide an opportunity to gain practical experience in the companies and to take management training courses, but also give an insight into the basic structures of German business, politics and academia.
Participants complete second International Management Training Course
The participants of the third year of AFRIKA KOMMT! took part in the second out of three International Management Training Courses (in Eschborn) from 16th to 20th of December in 2013
After six months in Germany and various experience in the corporate field the training course focused on project management and the ability of handling change processes in companies. They discussed “change management concepts” and the implementation of change projects. As a special focus they developed strategies for teamwork (cooperation in teams) in change processes.
Afrika Kommt! visiting Robert Bosch GmbH
Twenty-one young future managers of the programme Afrika Kommt! were visiting the Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart for a professional exchange by the end of November. Together with Tilman Todenhöfer, Managing Director of Robert Bosch Industrial Trust KG and one of the originators of Afrika Kommt!, as well as representatives of the Robert Bosch GmbH the young leaders discussed – among other topics – the Afrika-strategy of the traditional company domiciled in Stuttgart.
The meeting was the beginning of a three-day seminar organized by the Robert Bosch Foundation as a partner of Afrika Kommt!. In addition to the professional exchange with the Robert Bosch GmbH a factory visit was one of the practical insights on the agenda. After focusing the work of the Robert Bosch Foundation the participants visited the Robert Bosch Hospital. A cultural framework programme with a guided tour through the city and a visit of the state museum completed the weekend.
Start of the first International Management Training Course
On September 16th2013 the firstout of three international management training coursesstarted for the participants of the third year of AFRIKA KOMMT! in Bonn.
After three months in Germany and a successfully passed German exam at the Goethe Institute the one week training will prepare the participants for their nine months practical phase in the partner companies. Besides the exchange of their previous experiences, especially in the cultural field, the three topics: communication, presentation and management are the main aspects of the training.
Führungsnachwuchs aus Afrika in Schloss Bellevue
Am 23. Juli 2013 hat Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck 21 junge Nachwuchsführungskräfte aus Subsahara-Afrika im Schloss Bellevue empfangen. Sie alle sind Teilnehmer von „Afrika kommt!“. Die Initiative führender deutscher Unternehmen hat zum Ziel, den afrikanischen Führungsnachwuchs durch Einblicke in deutsche Arbeitsprozesse und Managementmethoden weiterzubilden. Aktuell sind 17 Unternehmen beteiligt. Zurück in ihren Heimatländern bleiben die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer wichtige Geschäftspartner. Die GIZ organisiert und steuert das Trainingsprogramm im Auftrag der Unternehmen.
Ein Gewinn für alle
möchte meine berufliche Expertise und meine Führungsfähigkeiten ausbauen, sodass ich das, was Afrika zu bieten hat, mit den Chancen weltweit verbinden kann”, sagt die Teilnehmerin Betty Duru aus Nigeria. Und was haben die Deutschen davon? „Die Märkte in Afrika sind für deutsche Unternehmen oft nur schwer zugänglich“, erklärt Tilman Todenhöfer von der Robert Bosch GmbH, der das Programm initiiert hat. „‚Afrika kommt!‘ entwickelt sich zu einer stabilen Brücke zwischen jungen Führungskräften aus Subsahara-Afrika und deutschen Unternehmen.“ Die Unternehmen böten den Teilnehmern einen umfassenden Einblick in das deutsche Industrie- und Wirtschaftsleben. Gleichzeitig bekämen die Unternehmen Zugang zu Märkten in Afrika, die für sie immer wichtiger würden.
„Afrika kommt!“ ist eine Erfolgsgeschichte. „Das Programm ist ein herausragendes Beispiel für Internationale Kompetenzentwicklung“, sagt Lydia Jebauer-Nirschl von der GIZ. Mehr als einem Drittel der Teilnehmer des vergangenen Jahrgangs sei der direkte Einstieg in das jeweilige Gastunternehmen gelungen, sie arbeiten nun in deren Niederlassungen in Afrika.
AFRIKA KOMMT! Kick-off 2013: Alumni hand over the baton
“It feels like a historic moment,“ said Orezi Ajopaoghene Emeotu during the kick-off event of the 2013-15 programme on July 10th, 2013 in Bonn. There, the AFRIKA KOMMT! alumnus moderated the round of introductions and highlighted the fact that former and current participants were all meeting together for the first time since the inception of the further training initiative in 2008. An engineer from Nigeria, Emeotu is one of 15 alumni of the second year (2010-2012) who returned to Germany to take part in a two week refresher course. Together with representatives of the German partner companies and of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ, they welcomed the 21 participants who had arrived just a few days earlier.
Wide range of experience and high expectations
This all-day event at the GIZ-building in Bonn provided a unique opportunity for personal exchange on the experiences of the alumni as well as on the expectations of the “newcomers“.
And expectations for the programme are, indeed, high. These young managers from Sub-Saharan Africa, just like their predecessors, already have the benefit of a specialist education and several years of professional experience. Some of them also hold senior management positions in a company in their home country. Among the participants are financial experts, marketing directors as well as engineers.
The expectations of last year’s participants, at least according to their experience reports on the programme, as well as on the results of professional reintegration in their home countries, were not disappointed. Contacts with the German partner companies remain solid, some of which exist in the form of continuing cooperation; and the practical experience gained, without exception, has been successfully implemented in their working environments at home.
“AFRIKA KOMMT! is its own brand“
As varied as their professional paths may be, the alumni all agreed that their participation in the programme was an important step in their carriers.
The representatives of the partner companies, without exception, also give it highest marks. Some of the participating companies, for instance, SAP SE and Merck KgaA, even decided to host more AFRIKA KOMMT! participants in the coming year as a result of their positive experience.
Since the pilot project started in 2008, far-reaching German-African contacts and partnerships have been established, and transfer projects have been initiated. “The benefits that AFRIKA KOMMT! offers to all participating parties – companies as well as participants – are unique,” underlines Tilman Todenhöfer, Managing partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG and member of the Supervisory Council of Robert Bosch GmbH. As one of its initiators, he is convinced of the programme’s high efficiency for economic partnerships between Germany and Sub-Saharan Africa: “In this respect AFRIKA KOMMT! has a unique selling proposition. It has, by now, become its own unique brand!“
AFRIKA KOMMT! 2013 – 2015
Application period for Afrika Kommt! 2013 – 2015 completed
Many thanks for the numerous applications for the next Afrika Kommt! cycle from 2013 – 2015. The final selection of candidates will take place during an assessment center from 11. – 22. February 2013 in Nairobi. All the applicants considered for the assessment center will be informed during the course of January.