For pessimists, Africa is still a "lost continent" - a view that seems justified by negative reports of poverty or ongoing conflict. Optimists, on the other hand, point to positive developments that give reason to hope that, at least in some countries, the living situation for the population has improved sustainably.

Decriminalizing homosexuality in Kenya

On the 24th of May 2019, Kenya's High Court will decide whether the sections of the Kenyan penal code that proscribe homosexual activity are unconstitutional. The Kenyan National Gay and Lesbian Commission (NGLHRC) has for years been fighting to repeal these laws.

By Caroline Kioko

Money against Migration: The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa


The EU-Africa migration summit in Valletta in November 2015 gave birth to a new European funding instrument: the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF). This study comes to the conclusion that the implementation of migration policy projects supported by EUTF funding primarily benefits the (wealthier) member states of the EU.

Perspectives Africa 3/2018: Through the Looking Glass - Images of African Futures

Against a background of political and cultural disruption, Perspectives approached writers to inquire, speculatively or not so speculatively, into an African future. The result is an eclectic mix of contributions and conversations across the arts, culture, philosophy and politics. They offer glimpses of African futures – fantastic, idealistic, or sober, but always self-confident – that place the continent at the centre of a world to come.

Perspectives Africa

Publication series
Perspectives is a publication series of the Africa offices of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung. The series provides a platform for experts from Africa to express their views about issues pertinent to the democratic and sustainable development agenda in the region.

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Our offices in Africa

Our Work in Africa

The Heinrich Böll Foundation’s work in Africa is concentrated in the regions Southern Africa, Eastern Africa/Horn of Africa, and Nigeria. Our main mission is the support of civil society articipation in political decision-making processes.

Cape Town Office - South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe

The Heinrich Böll Foundation has been active in Southern Africa since 1989 and for many years has focused on supporting civil society actors in the region. Since 2007, the Foundation has acted more at the interface between civil society and parliaments.

Nairobi Office - Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia/Somaliland

The Regional Office for East Africa manages the regional program with the components "Environment", "Gender" and "Peacebuilding". In particular, it supports the networking of civil society organizations in the region in the fields of environmental policy, peace work and women's rights.

Abuja Office - Nigeria

The Abuja office works with civil society and government partners, policy shapers and gender activists, to name only a few of the groups and persons with whom the foundation engages to inspire public debate on the development options before Nigeria.

Dakar Office - Senegal

The Dakar office is active in green urban development, youth, gender democracy and migration. Through the support of partner organizations as well as through its own events, the Office is committed to networking civil society groups and integrating social issues in Senegal.

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