Areas of action

By assessing the present, our Strategy Groups aim to shape the future.

Strategic programming pillars cutting across silos

A political and international focus on climate and health is a unique chance for Africa and Europe to build a partnership aimed at equitable economic development. Given the centrality of both of these areas to the future of both continents, a successful partnership will help address growing issues such as job creation and youth unemployment, as well as supporting a just Fourth Industrial Revolution.

  • This programming pillar covers the work on Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Digital Transformation.

  • This programming pillar covers the work on Climate Change, Energy, Agri-food Systems, Oceans Governance and Adaptation.

  • This programming pillar covers the work on Perceptions, Partnerships and Citizen Engagement.

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Our work

Discover the Foundation’s latest initiatives, ideas and proposals

    • Youth

    Africa-Europe relations: A strengthened partnership reimagined

    The Africa-Europe Foundation — August 11, 2022

    Africa Europe Foundation (AEF) invited youth across Africa to share their perspectives on the priorities to achieve a renewed partnership between Africa and Europe at the Summit. The call for contribution allowed them to discuss how the AU (African Union)- EU (European Union) could strengthen their partnership by highlighting various issues that curtailed progress.

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    Africa-Europe relations: A strengthened partnership reimagined
    • Women

    Women Leaders Network Meeting on the Food and Fuel Crisis

    The Africa-Europe Foundation — July 28, 2022

    On Thursday, 28th July, the AEF WLN will meet to discuss the current food and fuel crisis in both Africa and Europe. As an initiative which aims to unlock new opportunities for action through an enhanced Africa-Europe partnership, the WLN meets on average once a month under Chatham House rules allowing informal and trusted discussions across critical areas of inter-regional dialogue.

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    • Press Release

    Statement from AEF High-Level Group Meeting of 8 June 2022

    The Africa-Europe Foundation — June 20, 2022

    Following our High-Level Group of Personalities meeting on June 8, the Africa-Europe Foundation supports the request for the African Union to join the G20 as a permanent member. Having the African Union becoming the 21st member of the G20 would significantly strengthen policy coordination and coherence across the 54 African economies and reinforce Africa’s inputs on major global economic issues.

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    • Press Release

    The Africa-Europe Foundation kicks off its Working Group process on Climate Adaptation

    June 9, 2022

    The Africa-Europe Foundation (AEF) is proud to launch its Working Group (WG) on Climate Adaptation. The WG aims to facilitate a cross-continental multi-stakeholder dialogue between Africa and Europe centered on climate adaptation, and identify a set of policy recommendations, processes and ‘quick wins’ which can catalyze adaptation-related cooperation and drive forward action ahead of COP27 in Egypt.

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Debates

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Opinions

Our insights and reflections on the key issues at stake in the Africa-Europe partnership

    • Energy and Climate

    Creating additional dynamics ahead of COP27 for a stronger AU-EU adaptation partnership

    Vhalinavho (Vhali) Khavhagali — July 6, 2022

    According to the latest IPCC AR6 report, Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents in the world when it comes to the adverse effects of climate change, with least developed countries most damaged, of which 33 are in sub-Saharan Africa. As a result, African countries will most likely not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, and climate change is a factor increasingly undermining human and economic development efforts.

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    • Energy and Climate

    Preparations for CoP 27 in Egypt leave vulnerable countries with serious doubts on outcomes for Loss and Damage

    Professor Saleemul Huq — July 1, 2022

    I have just spent two weeks in Bonn, Germany attending the Subsidiary Bodies meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in preparation for the 27th Conference of Parties (CoP 27) to be held in Sharm Al Shaikh, Egypt in November this year. I have been participating in these meetings since 1992 and it is depressing to see the lack of momentum right now.

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  • Africa-Europe energy diplomacy and the geopolitical realities of SDG7

    Paul Walton & Damilola Ogunbiyi — June 7, 2022

    The conflict in Ukraine has brought forward existing issues of energy security and dependency for Africa and Europe. As we gear up for COP27, how can the Africa-Europe partnership answer the twin questions of energy access and transition, and climate emergency?

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Publications from our network

Discover the most interesting reports from our network

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    Source
  • Mo Ibrahim Foundation: The Road to COP27, Making Africa's Case in the Climate Debate
    Mo Ibrahim Foundation
    Description

    This report, published by MIF six months ahead of COP27, aims to inform and articulate Africa’s position in the global debate around climate change. It also condenses the outcomes of the 2022 Ibrahim Governance Forum which focused on the impacts of the climate crisis in Africa, the challenge of balancing access to energy and climate protection, and Africa’s potential role in the global fight against climate change.

    Topics
    • Energy and Climate
  • Covid-19 in Africa one year on: Impacts and Prospects
    Mo Ibrahim Foundation
    Description

    This report gathers the key insights from the Ibrahim Governance Weekend that brings together leading voices from across Africa and beyond to discuss issues of critical importance to the continent’s progress

    Topics
    • Health
  • Scaling China's Green Energy Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa
    African Climate Foundation
    Description

    The Sub-Saharan African (SSA) region is undergoing processes of structural transformation necessary for socio-economic development. However, lack of sufficient and reliable electricity supply is known to be one of the biggest constraints.

    Topics
    • Energy and Climate
  • Pandemic response: report cards
    ONE Campaign
    Description

    ONE’s Pandemic Report Cards track how the world’s most developed economies are delivering on their promises to end the pandemic – by sharing vaccine doses, funding the global vaccine response, dismantling barriers to increase supply globally and supporting the economic recovery.

    Topics
    • Health
  • Connected Europe. A digital brand for a just transition
    Friends of Europe
    Description

    The report explores how policymakers and industry can work better together to boost Europe’s connectivity and foster a transformation that is both sustainable and fair, and one that builds resilient communities, societies and economies. All while ensuring that citizens are at the heart of the debate.

    Topics
    • Digital