WebTalk – with Cap Anamur managing director Bernd Göken

Cap Anamur Managing Director Bernd Göken gave a keynote speech on 28.11. on the subject of “Civil Society Engagement in a Crisis Country” as part of the Web Talk “(K)eine Chance für Afghanistan” of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom dealt with the current peace process and political developments in Afghanistan within the framework of the Web Talk “(K)eine Chance für Afghanistan”. In addition to Dr. Marie-Agnes Strack Zimmermann, FDB Member of the Bundestag and spokesperson for defence policy and local politics of the FDP faction, Bernd Göken, Managing Director of Cap Anamur / Deutsche Notärzte e.V. was invited as speaker.

Bernd Göken presented in his keynote speech “Civil society involvement in a crisis country” the work of Cap Anamur in Afghanistan since 2001. He explains which measures have been implemented in the medical and educational sector and how humanitarian aid has changed there over the last 20 years. The work of the Cologne-based aid organization has always had to adapt to the tensed political situation.

Here you can watch the WebTalk and the keynote:


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