Development cooperation can only be a functional part of a holistic Africa policy. With one responsible unity which brings together foreign trade policy, innovation promotion, development policy, humanitarian and migration-policy.
Europe has laid the foundations for an interconnected global society. So also for the upswing in Africa. With our false image of Africa we cannot see that at all. The two narratives - hopeless Africa, the break-up of Europe - reinforce each other.
The small East African country Rwanda has discovered its competitive advantage in our interlinked global society. It offers a greenfield for proof-of-concept of digital innovations. And expects a contribution to its development.
Rwanda is different. Driving from the airport to the center of the capital Kigali, you feel a bit like in the Tuscany in Italy. Green alleys and red-roofed houses in „the land of a thousand hills“. As an European you might forget that you are only some 200 km away from the equator, in the middle of the African continent.
End of January we were 18 Mzungus visiting Nairobi. It was the third so called "Learning Journey to Silicon Savannah" making us explore "Digital Africa", "Urban Africa" and possibilities for "Co-Creation". We went for an experiment and checked in at the Madaraka railway, Kenya's first big infrastructure investment built by China.