The Hanns R. Neumann Foundation, the Max and Ingeburg Herz Foundation, the Rossmann Foundation and the Kühne Foundation established the "Foundation Alliance for Africa" in 2021. Each of these four non-profit foundations contributes its special knowledge and experience from different areas of development work to joint projects in order to improve living conditions in the project countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Kühne Foundation supports the cooperation with its logistics expertise.
The first project was launched in Ethiopia in May 2021, where the prospects for young people in particular are to be improved in two rural regions. The development of the project was initially complicated by the pandemic, but especially by the civil war. The Kühne Foundation is working here both in the project regions and in a training academy in Addis Ababa, where supra-regional training courses are held on topics such as agricultural logistics and entrepreneurship.
The project is being implemented in close cooperation with and with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The total budget is EUR 12 million for an intended duration of four years. Ultimately, 70,000 people are expected to benefit directly and indirectly from the project. Further projects in other countries are planned, e.g., a project in Tanzania is in preparation.