Flag of Germany in Berlin. Photo by: Carlo Alli / CC BY-NC-SA

Germany remains a powerhouse in the international development scene, with two of its cities in particular — sprawling, raucous Berlin and smaller, businesslike Bonn — acting as hubs for key events in this area. These seats of power in politics and business attract a wide range of advocates for social change and, from a logistical perspective, their costs of living and excellent transport links make them very attractive destinations for international nongovernmental organizations.

Berlin’s extracurricular charms are well-known — its endless nightlife makes most places look austere by comparison — but its rare energy also comes from its bustling tech scene, its group of newcomers from across the globe pitching up to make things happen.

About the author

  • Musa Okwonga

    Musa Okwonga is a journalist, poet, broadcaster, musician, and PR consultant currently based in Berlin, Germany. He has written for several publications, including The Guardian, The New Statesman, ESPN and The New York Times, and is the author of two books on football, the first of which, A Cultured Left Foot, was nominated for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Find out more about his work at www.okwonga.com.