Expert conference

Democratization in Germany and Nigeria

Exchange of experiences with Klaus-Jürgen Hedrich, former Deputy Minister for International Cooperation in Germany

Promising experiences with the democratic reconstruction in Germany should reassure Nigeria to consequently follow her own way to the rule of law, democracy and social market economy. Main speaker will be Mr. Klaus Jürgen Hedrich.


Being built out of the experience of a difficult historic past, the Federal Republic of Germany has become a very well respected democracy and even democratic role model in many fields. Nigeria, however, still in search of the right track often seems to suffer setbacks due to the wide range of problems in the country: Bad governance, a very poor education system, low life expectancy and severe poverty are only some of the reasons why Nigeria ranks place 159 (of 177) on the Human Development Index (for comparison only, Germany is on place 21).

Within 50 years after the first crude oil was found Nigeria has not succeeded in translating her resource wealth into a positive development for her people. Without the entrenchment of the rule of law, democracy and a market economy with chances for everybody, this situation will remain unchanged.

The former Deputy Minister for International Cooperation in Germany, Mr. Klaus-Jürgen Hedrich, is an excellent speaker for the symposium as he has great expertise in two specific fields: Firstly, Mr. Hedrich actively contributed to the democratic reconstruction in Germany after World War II. Secondly, he has profound knowledge about problems of developing countries due to his position in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The event will take place in cooperation with the Center for Democratic Research and Training (CDRT) in Mambayya House in Kano, centre of the Islamic north of Nigeria and focal point of KAS in Nigeria.

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Mambayya House, Kano


Dr. habil. Klaus Paehler