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Hesitant bedfellows: the German Stiftungen and party aid in Africa


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There is very little research about the German political foundations available in English (Pinto-Duschinsky, 1991; Mair, 2000a) – not to mention that it is equally sparse in German. Even though the foundations belong to the German political parties, their international activities are not well understood by either politicians or the general public. The foundations themselves have only recently started to make an effort to inform the public about their activities, which is partly due to the fact that their activities have been, and continue to be, a sensitive issue in German politics (Mair, 2000a: 128; 148).