During his visit in Kigali from 19th to 20th February Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier met with representatives of the government and the civil society. Furthermore he paid a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

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It has come to our notice that proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is a requirement entering Rwanda. Keep an eye on government official channels for their statement.

For anyone arriving without one it is likely to be required to take an inoculation at the point of entry.

These measures may have already been put in place (Rwandair is already taking measures).

Other countries are taking more stringent measures – Kenya is planning to quarantine arrivals who cannot prove that they are Yellow Fever-free.


Rwanda and Germany sign pact to boost energy supply in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region

The Government of Rwanda and the Federal Republic of Germany today signed a bilateral agreement worth € 15.0 (approximately Frw 13 billion) to support energy supply in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region.

The grant will be fully designated to the regional "Hydropower Station Ruzizi III" project. This will contribute not only to improve energy supply in Rwanda, but also to foster socio-economic development in the Great Lakes region. The grant will be implemented by the German KfW Development Bank in close cooperation with its Rwandan Government, the implementing Special Project Company of Ruzizi III and other donors like the African Development Bank, World Bank and the European Union.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete said, “This bilateral agreement shall increase Rwanda’s clean energy generation capacity by about 50 MW. Additional benefits of the project besides opening the area to modern infrastructure will include the creation of permanent and temporary jobs and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”

The German Ambassador to Rwanda Peter Fahrenholtz stressed: “These Agreements underline the long-standing and proven cooperation between our two countries based on friendship and mutual trust. Germany is committed to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy supply for Rwandan citizens, but also for Rwanda’s neighbors in Burundi and DR Congo.”

Ruzizi III project is a 147 MW hydropower regional project between Burundi, DRC and Rwanda.  The Project is intended to be developed as a Public Private Partnership project. Feasibility studies have been completed and the total project cost is estimated at $ 650 million to be shared by the three Governments.

The border River Rusizi, separating Rwanda and Burundi from the DRC, offers an energy potential of 400 MW. Since the late 1950s, River Ruzizi has been utilized for electricity production by the three neighboring countries. However, existing hydro power plants Ruzizi I and II with a capacity of 28 and 44 MW are nowhere near sufficient to meet the energy demand of the population and the economies.

The Division of Labour allows Germany to be active in the Education (TVET), Decentralization, and Private Sector development, Silent in Financial Sector and provides support to the PFM basket fund and Regional Projects (Centre of Excellence for Health, Improvement of the Investment Climate, Microfinance sector-MIFSSA, ICGLR and Energy.



Since 1st March 2013, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium is in charge of all Schengen visa on behalf of the German Embassy Kigali! Since 14th March 2013, all Schengen member states represented in Rwanda have started applying the VIS system.

Micro-projects of the German Embassy 2016

The German Embassy's fund for micro projects 2016 is now open for applications. Deadline for the submission of applications is 31st March 2016!

VIS - Visa Information System

The Visa Information System – VIS

The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.

Refugees from Burundi: German Government increases its supports

The German Government has decided to give another contribution of Euro 2.5 Mio to UNHCR. This additional funding is targeted to support the work of UNHCR on refugees of Burundi. In view of the deterio...

European refugee crisis 2016


#RumoursAboutGermany Beware: Human traffickers are not reliable source of information about living conditions in Europe. They are criminals. Human traffickers deliberately spread rumours and false ...

Hörsaal Medizin Leipzig

PhD scholarships to Germany

Full grant scholarship:The scholarship covers the living expenses for a 3-year research stay at a German university or research institute. There are no tuition fees to be paid for PhD studies at publi...

29.03.2014 - Umuganda: President Kagame and Ambassador Fahrenholtz

Strengthening of the African Union Border Management Programme “From Barriers to Bridges” in Rwanda

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mary BAINE, together with the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Rwanda, Mr. Peter Fahrenholtz, today launched the African Union Border Management Programme through an official handing over of equipment for border delimitation and demarcation.

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GOETHE-INSTITUT German Cultural Center / Liaison Office Kigali

13, KN 27 St., Kiyovu

P.O. Box 6889, Kigali/Rwanda

E-Mail: kigali%27%goethe%27%org,assistenz

Tel.:  +250 (0)784 950744

For the actual programme of the month, please contact Goethe-Institut directly or leave your email address with them to be included in their regular mailing list.

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Germany – always worth a visit!

Planning a trip to Germany and looking to inform yourself before you go? The German National Tourist Board uses its website to provide extensive and well‑presented information about towns and cities, culture, events, leisure activities and business trips. Discover Destination Germany through the multimedia prism of www.germany.travel.

German Financial Cooperation worth 10 million Euro

On 22 November 2013, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Rwanda, Mr. Peter Fahrenholtz, and the Executive Secretary of CEPGL (Communauté Economique des Pays des Grands Lacs), Mr. Herman Tuyaga, signed an agreement on German Financial Cooperation worth EUR 10 million for the benefit of the project “Improvement of Energy Supply in the Great Lakes Region, High Voltage Transmission Line Kamanyola – agglomeration Bukavu”. The funding is made available by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development via KfW Development Bank, and will be implemented by EGL (Energie des Grands Lacs).

TVET Project Launch

Rwandan-German cooperation in the TVET sector has substantially been reinforced over the last years making the TVET sector the core area of Rwandan-German development cooperation. The current joint development cooperation programme comprises approx. EUR 18 million for 3 years provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Online courses in higher education

Starting mid-October, Berlin-based iversity.org, a platform for academic online teaching, will offer its first Massive Open Online Courses, known as “MOOCs”. Courses are taught by renowned German and international faculty and are available to students worldwide, for free.

Germany and Europe

The making of German government policy on Europe

Nowadays European policy covers all policy fields. To be an effective advocate of Germany’s interests in Europe, the Federal Government needs efficient policy coordination mechanisms.

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DW - New Multimedia Project "Along the Rhine"

DW's new multimedia project puts spotlight on the Rhine: With a variety of videos, picture galleries and reports, Deutsche Welle's multimedia project "Along the Rhine" invites users to an interactive tour along Germany’s longest river.

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New online portal launched for the High-Tech Strategy

The German Government’s 2020 High-Tech Strategy unites the various strands of the Government’s activities in research and innovation

Africa and Germany

Jul 25, 2016 2:38 PM

Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Health Minister Gröhe on the first deployment of the European Medical Corps

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued a comment on July 20, about first deployment of the European Medical Corps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Jul 25, 2016 2:32 PM

Promoting Green Cooling in Africa

As part of the Green Cooling Africa Initiative (GCAI), the Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN) and the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Environmental Ministry support Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius and Namibia to establish a prototype best practice approach for the cooling sector.

Jul 22, 2016 12:19 PM

Call for Proposals: Goethe Project Space (GPS)

The Goethe Project Space is a multi-disciplinary roving project space launched by the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg. GPS enables actors, artists, performers, curators, choreographers, writers, dancers, composers, directors, and musicians to select the space and infrastructure they wish to work with.

Jul 19, 2016 3:28 PM

The Plastic Loom

Two young Egyptians, who studied at the Facultz of Applied Arts at the German University in Cairo, reinvent plastic bags by creating commodities. Within their business concept, they combine the idea of the Upcycling waste and the traditional skill of weaving. This project does not only reuse plastic bags, but also creates attention among waste separation and empowers women.

Jul 19, 2016 12:48 PM

Voices from Africa: The Shame that is Kenya’s Post-Election Violence Victims

The handling of a dark chapter in history between Germany and Kenya, the home country of the blogger Okoth, is compared. While Germany has built visible reminders, such as the Jewish Holocaust Memorial, the post-election violence victims remain to be hidden from society's eyes.

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Time and weather in Germany

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The Ambassador


Peter Fahrenholtz

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

German Information Centre Africa

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Africa is a special focus of German foreign policy. Germany's policy towards Africa is value-based; its principles are respect for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

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IFA - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, ifa) is an organization operating worldwide to promote artistic exchange and dialogue between civil societies and to provide information about foreign cultural policy.

Prevention of Corruption

The Directive Concerning the Prevention of Corruption in the Federal Administration of 30 July 2004 lays down the legal framework for the anti-corruption tasks at the Federal Foreign Office headquarters and at German missions abroad. The Directive is intended to offer clear and concise guidelines on honest, fair and transparent actions by the federal administration.

New version of “Facts about Germany” – in 19 languages

Facts about Germany

“Facts about Germany” has everything you need to know about Germany today. How the political system works. The guidelines that define foreign policy. The special characteristics of the economy. What is new in art and culture. The new website features articles, background information, images, charts, films and lots of other modules. Focussing on these and many other topics, besides – in no less than 19 languages. On top of which, all the “Facts” (incl. the new book for young adults in 9 languages) can be downloaded as an e-paper.

The impact of foreign policy in the current issue of DE Magazin Deutschland

Sign and Sight offers free access to daily reviews of Germany's cultural press, translations of keynote articles and reviews of the season's best publications.

Obligation to declare cash in amounts of EUR 10,000 or more entering or leaving the EU

All travellers entering or leaving the European Union with €10,000 or more in cash must declare the sum to Customs from 15 June 2007. This initiative has been taken to assist the efforts being made at EU level to tackle crime and improve security by cracking down on money laundering, terrorism and criminality.

German Bundesliga

All the top news from the German Bundesliga at a glance: fixtures, results, clubs, players and much more.

Feature of the day: www.deutschland.de




Have you ever dreamed of becoming an engineer?  This month on Young Germany we have information about where to train, how to find a job, and an interview with someone already working in the field.

Learning German with the Band Einshoch6

Deutsche Welle invites German learners around the world to improve their language skills and discover Germany with hip-hop band EINSHOCH6. The new video series "Bandtagebuch" (Band Diary) was launched...

All about Germany: Games and Fun

Education and training are major areas of foundation work

Test your German-language skills and your knowledge of Germany with these fun games!