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

    • Sustainable Finance
    • Youth

    Future Africa-EU: Strategic Dialogues

    The Africa-Europe Foundation — June 19, 2024

    The ‘Future Africa-EU’ Strategic Dialogues, taking place on 8 and 9 July 2024, bring into focus Sustainable Finance, not only as a critical domain of cross-continental cooperation but also to pave the way for a paradigm shift towards a real, win-win partnership based on equal footing.

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    • Energy and Climate

    AEF at the UNFCCC 60th SBs

    The Africa-Europe Foundation — June 10, 2024

    Recognising the urgent need to make progress in the climate space ahead of COP29, and building on the latest developments in relation to the 60th SBs, the Africa-Europe Foundation (AEF), together with the African Union Commission and the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PAJCA) aim to facilitate a series of multi-stakeholder and cross-continental dialogues that can drive fresh thinking for international policymaking to reframe and reinforce the Africa-Europe partnership on the global stage, starting with adaptation action and finance.

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    • Agri-Food

    AEF at the Paris Peace Forum Spring Meeting

    The Africa-Europe Foundation — June 7, 2024

    The Africa-Europe Foundation will co-host the first edition of the ATLAS (Agricultural Transitions Lab for African Solutions) Roundtable at the Paris Peace Forum Spring Meeting. The roundtable is organized in partnership with the Paris Peace Forum (PPF) and Global Perspectives Initiative (GPI).

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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

    Our shared ocean must sit at the heart of the Africa-Europe Partnership

    Pascal Lamy & Nancy Karigithu — June 8, 2024

    The link between geopolitics and the low-carbon transition will be crucial in the upcoming EU mandate. Investing in strategic partnerships, including with Africa, is vital to secure critical raw materials and green energy to achieve the EU’s climate neutrality objectives, while supporting Africa’s socio-economic transformation and industrialisation.

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    • 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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Publications from our network

Discover the most interesting reports from our network

  • Name
    Source
  • Priorities for an Equitable Reform of the Global Financial System
    African Climate Foundation
    Description

    Africa’s position on the reforms of the global financial architecture is predominantly constrained by a lack of affordable, reliable, and sufficient finance, juxtaposed with a debt crisis in certain nations, and compounded by extreme vulnerability to climate change. Rather than allocating increased funds to adaptation efforts, the majority of funds are directed towards mitigation, which is most profitable for financiers and lenders. Finance for mitigation is more than ten times the $56b (8.4%) available for adaptation in 2020. Addressing Africa’s substantial financing requirements for resilient growth demands a complete re-evaluation of development finance strategies, coupled with innovative enhancements in financial instruments and mechanisms. This paper draws on a series of policy and reform proposals from African leaders. It builds on initiatives emerging from the Global South and puts forward a set of recommendations, reflecting Africa’s priorities in advancing equitable reform of the international financial architecture.

    Topics
    • Sustainable Finance
  • Global Africa: Africa in the world and the world in Africa
    Mo Ibrahim Foundation
    Description

    The report also assesses Africa’s representativeness in the current multilateral architecture, which is still beyond inadequate –a central point in the 2023 Ibrahim Governance Weekend (IGW) high-level discussions, which took place in Nairobi(28-30 April). This was our first ever in-person event since COVID-19 hit the continent, and it was truly a unique convening of the greatest African minds to chart together the path to our continent’s bright future.

    Topics
    • Ibrahim Governance Weekend
  • 2023 IIAG series report: The Power of Data for Governance
    Mo Ibrahim Foundation
    Description

    The report is based on insights drawn from the 2022 IIAG dataset and highlights a positive correlation between access to high-quality statistics and effective governance across African countries from 2012 to 2021. The report emphasises the importance of data for governance, identifies key data gaps that affect the measurement of governance and development in Africa, and proposes solutions to bridge these gaps, including investment in data. It also features expert contributions and opinions from IIAG data sources and key partners.

    Topics
    • #AUEUTracker
  • Scaling-Up Vaccine Manufacturing in Africa
    ONE Campaign
    Description

    The African Union and Africa CDC proposed an ambitious target to manufacture 60% of Africa’s immunization needs on the continent by 2040. This analysis tracks progress toward this goal and offers policy considerations for next steps and focuses on three areas where efforts on regional manufacturing are advancing — Market design and demand intelligence; Access to Financing; and Talent development and transfer of technology and intellectual property — and offers considerations for next steps.

    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