The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung has been active in Africa since the beginning of its international work in 2000.

Together with its African and German partners, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung seeks to add its voice to discourses and topics on European-African relations in order to contribute to a diverse, up-to-date and informed debate. 

Even decades after the end of colonialism, the Global North continues to assert its economic, political and military dominance over the Global South. Subjecting these relations to critical examination, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung believes that any project that seeks to undo past and present structures of power and inequality among people needs to be guided by a sense of historical awareness. 

Many Africans are driven to leave their homes due to a widespread lack of political and economic prospects. In many cases, their situation is exacerbated by social hardships, such as famine and environmental catastrophe, and the violent conflicts that emerge as a result. Adding to this is an awareness that neoliberal economic concepts, structural adjustment programmes dictated by foreign donors and the hegemony of the Global North tend to block rather than benefit the independent development of the region. Together with left-wing forces across Africa, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s work attempts to strengthen progressive discourses and develop and implement alternatives. 

As part of a broad network spanning political initiatives, research institutions, youth organisations, trade unions, movements and parties, we envision a form of socio-ecological transformation from below rooted in change in the here and now, and pushing for a reconfiguration of both the international division of labour as well as international trade relations.

Our activities focus on:

  • developing socio-economic and political alternatives and strengthening actors in identifying their own aims and targets
  • fostering democratic participation from below and advocating for civil rights
  • defending access to natural resources and common goods
  • understanding societies and addressing conflicts


The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung maintains offices in North, West, East and South Africa. Their work is complemented by two programme offices focusing on academic cooperation (Tunis) and food sovereignty (Johannesburg).

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung North Africa Office

Academic Cooperation Office (in Tunis - North African Office)

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung West Africa Office

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung East Africa Office

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung South Africa Office

Food Sovereignty Programme Office (in Johannesburg - South African Office)

Regional Department Africa

Role Details
Leiterin Referat Afrika, Referentin für Nordafrika und Wissenschaftskooperationen Tanja Tabbara
Phone: +49 (0)30 44310-521
Room: 550
Referent AfrikaDr. Arndt Hopfmann
Phone: +49 (0)30 44310-444
Room: 521.1
Projektmanagerin Nordafrika Verena Liebel
Phone: +49 (0)30 44310-512
Room: 524
Projektmanagerin für Westafrika Franza Drechsel
Room: 525
Referent für Südliches Afrika, Referent und Projektmanager für Politische Vernetzung und überregionale Themenarbeit Andreas Bohne
Phone: 0049 (0)30-44310-461
Room: 524
Projektmanagerin südliches Afrika Britta Becker
Phone: +49 (0)30-44310-403
Room: 525