Together, we unlock opportunities that can transform Africa-Europe dialogue into action

In a time of global challenges, the Africa-Europe Foundation aims to reset the relations between the two continents by building a true partnership and a vision for a shared future.

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It is time to open up
a new chapter for
Africa-Europe relations.

Our purpose

Established in 2020 by Friends of Europe, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, in partnership the African Climate Foundation and ONE Campaign, the Africa- Europe Foundation aims to empower a narrative shift about the relations between Africa and Europe.

The activities of the Foundation’s High-Level Group of Personalities, and the work of its Strategy Groups on Health, Digital, Transport, Agriculture and Energy, underpin our commitment of reframing the relations between Africa and Europe.

The Africa-Europe Foundation Strategy Groups mobilise and connect leaders and experts from civil society, business, policymaking from both continents, with the ambition to drive impactful transformative initiatives.

We act as an observatory of pioneering practices that can be scaled up at the regional level. Through our Women Leaders Network, we provide the space for candid dialogue among leading personalities from Africa and Europe, at the nexus of climate and health. Our cooperation with the Mayors Dialogue initiative also supports bold climate action with cities.

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We drive fresh thinking for international policymaking and introduce impactful research on the cross-cutting issues of our Strategy Groups. Our “High-Level Group Report”, AEF’s annual flagship publication, contributes to reframing and reinforcing the Africa-Europe partnership on the global stage.

Through established cooperation we work in close partnership with international organisations, including WHO and the United Nations, in an effort to also contribute to the agenda-setting of major political summits and support concrete deliverables for the AU-EU political dialogue processes.

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Beyond our dialogue work and opinion-leadership, we develop citizen platforms and outreach initiatives to reinforce a whole-of-society approach to our programming and to a strengthened Africa-Europe partnership. We run the “Talking Africa-Europe” broadcast series that brings together policymakers and youth networks in a unique exchange.

Our “Debating Africa” platform, together with partner Afrobarometer, is challenging traditional ‘top-down’ thinking through a citizen-led, data-driven platform. The annual AEF Forum brings together leaders from the Foundation’s programming with representatives of civil society, politics and business to debate issues critical to the future of our neighbouring continents.

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We aim to enlarge
our partnership by building
a “network of networks”

The Africa-Europe Foundation collaborates with high-impact organisations and leaders from civil society, business and politics both from Africa and Europe.

We envision to enlarge the Africa-Europe partnership to new and diverse actors by building an inclusive and multi-stakeholder “platform of platforms” and focusing on younger generations.

Our agenda

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Find more information about the Africa-Europe Foundation's mission, work and latest milestones here.

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