Africa Network for Students and Alumni (ANSA e.V.)

Association & Members

ANSA eV, the Africa Network for Students and Alumni (until 2020: Alumni Network Sub-Saharan Africa) considers itself to be a bridge-builder between African and German stakeholders. Our aim is to further inter- and trans-cultural exchange between Europe and Africa. Meanwhile, we also work to strengthen the exchange across disciplines – eg between the humanities and natural sciences.

Membership is open to everyone who was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or PROMOS to study, research or complete an internship in a country of Africa, as well as current or former DAAD scholarship holders from African countries. Other individuals can be granted membership in justified cases. We are happy to answer any queries about membership at: post [at]

Apply for membership here .

As a registered non-profit association, we need a completed membership application form from you in order to register you as a member. You can download the membership application form here . Just fill it out and send it back to us at


A central activity of the Association is to enable knowledge transfer through thematic conferences. Conferences focus on various topics and take place in different cities all over Germany each year.

Anticipate – “Shaping the future with Technology: Perspectives from Germany and African countries” (Stuttgart 2022) – Register Now! 

“10 Years of ANSA -Past, Present and Future as a Network between Africa and Germany” (Bielefeld 2021)

“Brought together or driven apart by the crisis? Ubuntu as a way forward for politics, society, and economy (in and between Africa and Europe)” (Passau 2020),

“Sustainable Innovations in Natural Resources Management” (Oldenburg 2019),

“Social Entrepreneurship” (Halle 2018),

“Lifelong Learning” (Hamburg 2017),

“European-African relations” (Giessen 2016)

“Modern Science and Spirtuality” (Bayreuth 2015),

“Urban Lifestyles” (Lingen 2014),

“Africa.Power.Media” (Leipzig 2013),

“Sustainability” (Frankfurt am Main 2012).

The conferences – organized by different members each year – offer the possibility to discuss the specific topics with external experts, as well as to present own research and projects, including those independent from the conference topic.

In a casual atmosphere, during activities as city tours and team cooking, participants can get to know each other on a personal level too.

Participants also get acquainted with the variety of Germany’s regions as the conferences are held at alternating locations all over the country.

The annual conferences are also open to non-members. DAAD / PROMOS alumni and scholarship holders may receive a traveling allowance from DAAD.

To stay informed about ANSA activities and receive the invitation to the ANSA conference, register for our mailing list here .

Member Meetings & Activities

In addition to the conferences, ANSA organizes yearly strategy and work meetings that are only open for members. Here members can benefit from each other’s practical knowledge in Skills Workshops. These meetings are also the time to work on the various ANSA projects.

Working groups

ANSA Insights : The strategy meetings were the starting point for the ANSA Insights. Until 2019 the Insights have been published in the form of a magazine twice a year . Since 2020 the articles are published in the form of a blog under the categories ” What ANSAs think “, ” What ANSAs do ” and ” ANSA News and Networking “. The focus lies with the activities and research of members, covering many different countries and disciplines. Research and projects are presented short and comprehensible for people from other disciplines as well.

ANSA Photo Group: The idea for an ANSA photo exhibition also emerged from a strategy and work meeting. ANSA currently has two photo exhibitions, that are traveling through Germany: ” Merk + würig / Note + Worthy ” and ” Happy People “. A call for pictures for a third photo competition is ongoing. You can contact the ANSA photo group at photo [at]

ANSA members also work on “Communication”, “Networking” and “Media and Livestream Coverage”.

Expert Database

ANSA makes the network’s expertise accessible with a public database of all it’s members. The search function can be used to find contacts in specific countries and topics. ANSA members are available to be contacted – ie for future DAAD / PROMOS scholarship holders who want to find out more about their host country in advance.

History & Funding

The first network activities were initiated by DAAD in 2009. Official founding of the association took place in November 2011. The association continues working closely with the DAAD . ANSA applies for funding from DAAD for larger projects such as conferences. All further activities are financed through membership fees, currently 9 € per member per year. As a charitable non-profit organization, donations to ANSA eV are tax deductible.


Questions regarding the association, membership, conferences, insights or other projects can be sent to: