German development minister Gerd Müller hopes to boost African growth with a private-public investment initiative similar to the US Marshall Plan that brought about Germany's post-World War Two economic miracle.
Germany allocated roughly €1.8 billion for foreign aid projects in 2017 alone, making the country the world's second-largest donor. An upcoming government report outlines the scope of Germany's humanitarian spending.
African countries have to do more to fight corruption if they want aid money, Germany's Development Minister Gerd Müller has said. Critics have described his plans as well-meaning, but with "neo-colonialist" overtones.
The German chancellor welcomed 11 African leaders to Berlin to introduce them to the CEOs of Germany's biggest firms. Outside, protesters demanded Germany stop doing business with dictatorships across the continent.
Africa is groaning under its worst debt burden since 2001. On the continent where many countries faced bankruptcy in the 1990s, once again the outlook is grim. This time around, help is harder to find.
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