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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Discover the Foundation’s latest initiatives, ideas and proposals

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    The State of Africa-Europe: The Africa Europe Foundation Report 2024

    The Africa-Europe Foundation — February 15, 2024

    The first edition of the Africa-Europe Foundation Report on the State of Africa-Europe (2024) is a culmination of two years of work tracking commitments made at the 6th European Union-African Union Summit held in Brussels in February 2022, the report provides an independent assessment of the progress made against commitments made by both regions - as expressed in the Final Declaration - be it in terms of finance, policy or impact, and to identify some potential avenues for better processes, as well as additional actions.

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    • Ocean Governance & Blue Economy

    The State of Africa-Europe: Ocean and Blue Economy In Focus pre-African Union Summit in Addis

    The Africa-Europe Foundation — February 15, 2024

    On the eve of the African Union Summit 2024, the Africa-Europe Foundation facilitated a special dialogue in Addis Ababa together with Comoros (Presidency of the African Union), Portugal, Seychelles, the AU Commission, and the European Union on the centrality of ocean cooperation and blue economy for a stronger AU-EU partnership.

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    • Ocean Governance & Blue Economy

    Strategic Dialogue on the Africa-Europe Ocean Economy

    The Africa-Europe Foundation — February 14, 2024

    The convening aims to connect young leaders, practitioners and policymakers for knowledge exchange and partnership-building, providing a platform to reinforce ocean governance and blue economy as a central pillar of cross-continental and international cooperation.

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    • Ocean Governance & Blue Economy

    How can Africa and Europe work together to strengthen existing MPAs, and LMMAs, and expand their geographical scope and effectiveness towards 2030?

    The Africa-Europe Foundation — February 9, 2024

    The ocean is critical to accelerating global climate and biodiversity action, providing food security and promoting sustainable development for millions of people. Unsustainable human activities and their harmful impacts continue to degrade the ocean, leading to profound changes and hampering the much-needed achievement of the UN 2030 and AU 2063 Agendas. There is therefore a need to focus on preserving the ocean for the climate, biodiversity, and other services it offers, including to human livelihoods.

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    • Ocean Governance & Blue Economy

    Leveraging Africa’s leadership on Ocean Governance and Blue Economy: Fostering a strengthened Africa-Europe Ocean Partnership

    The Africa-Europe Foundation — February 7, 2024

    The high-level event, to be co-hosted in the sidelines of the African Union Executive Council as an Africa-Europe High-Level Policy Dialogue on Ocean Governance and Blue Economy, will build on the progress achieved under the leadership of the current AU Presidency and beyond, the Governments of Comoros, Seychelles, Angola, and Portugal, together with the African Union Commission’s Department for Agriculture, Rural Development, and Blue Economy, as well as with the Africa-Europe Foundation.

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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

    • Ocean Governance & Blue Economy
    • COP28

    Op-Ed: Oceans need a reinforced Africa-Europe Partnership

    Pascal Lamy & Nancy Karigithu — December 9, 2023

    Strengthening ocean governance and the blue economy as a strategic domain for Africa-Europe cooperation would empower local communities on both continents while helping to accelerate climate mitigation and adaptation efforts and regenerate marine environments at scale. The majority of European Union and African Union Member States have coastlines, and a joint Africa Europe roadmap for an equitable blue partnership is both practical and essential to address the triple crises of climate, biodiversity and pollution.

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    • Agri-Food

    Bridging African and European trade through sustainable agri-food commodities

    Abraham Baffoe — June 30, 2023

    The European Union is moving ahead with its green transition, putting in place new legislation to back-up the new Green Deal, the Farm2Fork Strategy and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). As a strong economic block and world leader on climate action, Europe should support its global partners to do the same.

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    • Space
    • Agri-Food

    The 5th AU–EU Agriculture Ministerial Conference: Addressing the causes of food scarcity in Africa will require innovative approaches such as the use of space technologies.

    Nelly-Helen Neji Ebruka — June 29, 2023

    Africa, a continent abundantly blessed with natural resources, is paradoxically plagued by numerous socio-economic challenges that demand immediate attention. Among these challenges, including insecurity, illiteracy, and inadequate internet connectivity, is one that stands out as particularly ironic, which is food insecurity and scarcity; a situation that is perplexing considering Africa's vast arable land, rich wildlife, and expansive tropical rainforests. The continent's enormous agricultural potential and abundant natural resources remain largely untapped, leading to alarming rates of food insecurity.

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    • Energy and Climate

    Taking Stock of Progress on Climate Action: From Bonn to COP28

    Vhalinavho (Vhali) Khavhagali — June 21, 2023

    The SB58, also well known as the Bonn Climate Change Conference, builds on the mandates that emerged from COP 27 in Egypt last year. The SB58 marks an important stop on the road to COP28, providing national and local governments, businesses, investors and civil society an opportunity to showcase the work already underway and the opportunities ready to be seized. The conference hosts a large number of mandated events and continue discussions on issues of critical importance, such as the Global Stocktake, Global Goal on Adaptation, Just Transition, Loss and Damage and the Mitigation Work Programme. The conference is expected to make progress on these and other important issues and prepare draft decisions for adoption at COP 28 / CMP 18 / CMA 5 in the UAE in December 2023.

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Publications from our network

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  • 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.

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    • 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