• Ibrahim Governance Forum

AEF at the Ibrahim Governance Forum

  • The Africa-Europe Foundation

A key strategic objective of the Africa-Europe Foundation (AEF) is to contribute to “reframing and reinforcing the Africa-Europe partnership on the multi-lateral and regional stage”. AEF is an independent multi-stakeholder platform and safe space for dialogue on complex issues of cross-continental and global relevance, bringing together citizens and leaders from all walks of life united by a passionate belief in a deeper partnership between Africa and Europe.

For the Ibrahim Governance Forum in 2023, AEF has a focus on a stronger Africa-Europe Partnership to catalyse cooperation from the redesign of financial systems to innovative partnership on ocean governance and blue economy, energy access and transitions, and reinforcing the potential of youth voice, agency and leadership to challenge misperceptions.

Programme At a Glance

The Africa-Europe Foundation’s proposed programme combines meetings of high-level personalities from Africa and Europe (High-Level Group, Women Leaders Network) with dedicated sessions to areas of cooperation that hold promise for enhanced Africa-Europe cooperation:

Friday, 28 April, 12:00 – 14:00: High-Level Group of personalities meeting.

This represents the bi-annual meeting of the High-Level board of the AEF. This meeting will be focusing on the global governance redesign and will offer an opportunity for the AEF co-chairs of strategy groups to provide updates on the areas of cooperation of the AEF.
The meeting brings together high-level personalities from Africa and Europe, in addition to the co-chairs of AEF’s strategy groups and the CEOs of partners affiliated to AEF’s multi-annual programming (leading global foundations and regional institutions working across Africa and internationally).

Friday, 28 April, 14:30-16:00: High-level Dialogue on Blue Economy and Oceans Governance.

It is high time for Africa and Europe to work better together at the nexus of development and climate, to conserve the biodiversity of the ocean and its ecosystems for economic-related purpose and the advancement of commitments on climate.

The high-level dialogue will address how political, technical and research cooperation can be enhanced on ocean and blue economy in the context of the Africa-Europe renewed partnership; how pockets of innovations on climate-related ocean action at the local, regional and continental level can be given the visibility they merit to enhance the Africa-Europe cooperation, and how the two continents can work closely to untap the opportunities that exist to meet the targets of SDG 14 (‘Life below water’) and SDG 13 (‘Climate action’)? How can Africa and Europe leverage the interlinkages between these SDGs.

Sunday, 30 April, 07:30-09:00: Women Leaders’ Network (WLN) Meeting.

The in-person meeting will be an opportunity to consolidate the 2023 dialogues in particular with the ‘Redesigning of the international financial systems’ as well as addressing complex issues including energy, agri-food systems.

Sunday, 30 April, 9:00-10:00: Earth shot B-team event

The Africa-Europe Earthshot is a multi-stakeholder co-design, co-creation, and co-delivery process that seeks to identify and accelerate pathways to unlock finance and improve the investment climate for Africa’s just transition. By bringing together a diverse community of experts for a series of strategic convenings between April - December 2023, in alignment with global geopolitical opportunities to advance the agenda, the Earthshot will mobilize a groundswell of support for action on a set of priority opportunity areas in order to streamline activity rather than duplicate or undermine existing initiatives.

The Africa-Europe Earthshot will contribute to a catalytic transformation of the global financial system in service of Africa’s just transition. At the Ibrahim governance Weekend, AEF will hold and in-person convening with stakeholders.

Sunday, 30 April, 11:00-12:00: Carbon Markets Working Group

As part of the Ibrahim Governance Weekend, the Africa-Europe Foundation is launching a new Africa-Europe Working Group on Carbon Markets. It will complement existing dialogue platforms and strategy groups and provide a space for leading experts from across Africa and Europe to share insights and make recommendations to enhance the cross-continental partnership – with a specific focus on critically evaluating risks and opportunities associated with carbon markets.

Sunday, 30 April, 13:30-14:30: Now Narratives

As part of the Now Generation Network agenda at the Ibrahim Governance weekend, the Africa-Europe Foundation (AEF) will host a Talking Africa-Europe special debate on the theme of Now Narratives, which aims to connect youth from Africa and Europe, with a focus on shifting the narrative from outdated stereotypes that fuel misunderstanding to nuanced accounts that humanise and empower.

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