Europe’s relationship with Asia and Africa has expanded beyond the traditional focus on development, trade, and security. Reflecting the changed geopolitical landscape and the increased global role of emerging economies, the focus of the EU and Friends of Europe is now also on Europe’s interaction with its global partners on climate change, connectivity and implementation of Agenda 2030 as well as terrorism and radicalisation. Our programmes and activities track these conversations – and foresee new ones – through publications and events that aim to make sense of our changing world.
Our Asia Programme, including the Europe-China Forum, looks at the political, economic and social facets of the ‘Asian century’ and provides a high-level platform for dialogue between policymakers, academics, civil society and business leaders. With interdependence between Asia and Europe set to grow even further, our ground-breaking work is contributing to a new interaction between the two regions and between the EU and individual countries includingChina, India, Japan and members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). We are also closely engaged in the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM).
Our work on international development issues is led by the Development Policy Forum (DPF), which was set up by Friends of Europe in partnership with development actors such as Germany’s Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), France’s Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the forum has recently welcomed the Coca Cola Company and Eni. Through its activities and publications, the DPF encourages fresh thinking on issues such as the future of the EU-Africa partnership, women’s role in development as well as the role of the private sector in implementing Agenda 2030. We do this partially through our work with a high-level group of personalities on EU-Africa relations, organised in partnership with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. In a world distracted by myriad challenges, we aim to raise awareness of development issues and to encourage new ideas and recommendations for tackling global challenges.