Africa is coming!

Partnership objectives

  1. Advancing education and skills by giving young African professionals the opportunity to gain insight into German companies and management;
  2. Establishing a strong professional, economic and cultural bond between Germany and African countries.

The project aims to give young professionals from Sub-Saharan African countries the opportunity to gain insight on management, workflow and cooperation in German businesses. The project aims to give young professionals from Sub-Saharan African countries the opportunity to gain insight on management, workflow and cooperation in German businesses. Copyright Photo Credits: Boehringer Ingelheim

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

“Africa is coming!” (in German, Afrika Kommt!) is a program supported by Boehringer Ingelheim, together with 19 leading German companies including Bayer and Merck. Its objective is to give young professionals from Sub-Saharan African countries the opportunity to gain insight on management, workflow and cooperation in German businesses.

Besides a nine month practical experience in a company fitting their specialization, participants complete intensive language and managerial training courses. Companies pay all costs incurred and provide grants to the young executives. Each participant is supervised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), which provides technical and individual support, as required. Returning home, young professional can use their experience to advance best practice in their field.

The program is also fostering the economic as well as cultural bond between Germany and the African continent.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

To date, four participants have been working in Boehringer Ingelheim’s R&D, Communications and Economic Sciences departments.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Bayer , Boehringer Ingelheim , Merck

Partner(s) German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ)

Type of Partner(s) PDPs

Therapeutic Focus Other

Disease(s) General Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Technology Transfer - Scientific Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

Targeted Population(s) Health professionals

Region(s) Europe & Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 7

Country(ies) Botswana, Germany, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Start Date 2008

More information Afrika Kommt Official Website

Anticipated completion date Ongoing

« Working with Boehringer Ingelheim was a great step forward for me. At home, opportunities like this are very rare. »

Patience Chingombe, Pharmacist