As the G8 Summit cruises into its final 24 hours, the media centre at Kühlungsborn has been bustling with activists from international pressure groups. One of today's most moving speeches came from Kumi Naidoo, chairman of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty.
Naidoo told his listeners that should the Summit fail to help Africans, it would not be the failure of ordinary Germans, Japanese or Americans but the failure of their leaders.
This Summit is particularly important for Chancellor Angela Merkel, he said, because it was in Germany in 1884 that the partition of Africa was hammered out. Africa is still suffering the consequences.
Perhaps Merkel now offers Germany a chance to correct that historical wrong.
Merkel might also remember that had Germany not received help in the form of the Marshall Plan after the Second World War, it wouldn't be among the world's richest countries now.
So, can Merkel come up with a "Merkel Plan" to save Africa? Moreover, said South African Naidoo, would the G8 be dragging its feet if the skin colour of those suffering was "not so dark"?