AGNES is an acronym for the African-German Network of Excellence in Science, restricted to Africa south of the Sahara Desert (i.e. sub-Sahara Africa). AGNES was conceptualised and founded in November 2011 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), at a meeting held between alumni of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Humboldtians) from 11 African countries and representatives from Germany (Humboldtians and other scientists involved with the Humboldt Foundation, as well as representatives of various German Ministries). The Governing Body of AGNES was elected immediately after adoption of the Constitution on 06 March 2014 in Nairobi (Kenya).
The network is designed to enhance the leading role played by research and innovation in sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa, to bring the existing expertise of the sub-Saharan African Humboldtians together in an outwardly visible manner, and to strengthen cooperation and scientific exchange with Germany.