German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for better conditions for private investment in African countries in order to combat the economic causes of migration.
"State support alone will not be enough to drive the development of an entire continent," Merkel said in her weekly video podcast.
The comments came ahead of the chancellor's three-day visit to Mali, Niger and Ethiopia. The visit, which begins Sunday, aims to call attention to the need for economic stability in the region to slow migration to Europe.
Germany recorded the arrival of 890,000 migrants in 2015, many of whom had fled conflict in Syria and Afghanistan and economic hardship across the African continent.
Beyond state aid for development, Merkel said the conditions for private investment needed to be improved in African countries, while more funding was also needed for UN World Food Programme (WFP) projects in Africa.
Africa is set to play a central role among the Group of 20 leading economies under Berlin's presidency in 2017.