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The week beginning 28 June 2021 marks the first Forum of the Africa Europe Foundation, the network of networks launched last December to inspire and catalyse partnership action across our neighbouring continents and at the climate-health nexus.

The Forum will convene in a common virtual environment the members, leaders and partners of the Foundation and its Strategy Groups: Health, Digital, Transport and Connectivity, Sustainable Energy, Agriculture and Food Systems.

The first Forum is a key moment to drive collective action on the fundamental issues that are ripe for change across key sectors of partnership, and the interconnected initiatives with potential for major impact. The Forum will also showcase the Foundation’s strategic vision for a reimagined Africa-Europe partnership, and collectively steer how the Foundation will assume its role as a network of networks that amplifies new narratives, catalyses cooperation and provides a unique platform for youth agency and innovation.

The Forum programme is planned to run virtually during the course of one week, from 28 June to 2 July 2021. In addition to thematic group deliberations with Members of the Foundation Strategy Groups (SGs), each day will have a strategic focus on the aggregated priorities emerging across the SGs, more specifically “Health”, “An Africa Europe Climate Alliance”, Cities” and “Youth”; the themes were chosen as being particularly timely to address because they have direct and immediate implications for grappling with current epidemic, climate and labour crises. The culminating moment of the Forum is the plenary session which represents a general assembly of the Africa Europe Foundation in bringing together the Members, key personalities and partner organisations to set the strategic priorities for the coming months, and in the lead-up to the Africa-EU Forum 2022.

The theme of the first Forum is “Ambition”. History has taught us that major crises create opportunities for accelerating social, economic and political change. How can the Africa Europe Foundation, and our collective efforts as a platform of platforms, help write an aspirational new chapter of the Africa Europe partnership at this critical time for our societies?


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Sustainable Energy Strategy Group Expand Sustainable Energy Strategy Group

The Africa-Europe energy partnership is growing stronger and deeper, with flagship policy initiatives and added financial momentum. The AEF Strategy Group (SG) on Sustainable Energy aims to play its part, given the huge benefits Africa can harvest from a big increase in investment into energy generation and distribution. Our Strategy Group addresses the need for well-crafted, up-to-date energy regulation by promoting the set-up of an African School for Regulation, which aims to improve the regulatory framework and provide knowledge to a wide range of stakeholders. The SG has placed clean cooking solutions high on its agenda and, with the help of a manifesto for change, is calling on African and European leaders to reboot political and financial leadership to deliver on clean cooking solutions. The SG is also looking at the urgent steps needed to improve the investment climate and advance Africa-Europe energy compacts at country level, in view of next year’s Africa-EU Summit.

moderator

Tamsin Rose

Senior Fellow at the Africa Europe Foundation

An Africa-Europe Health Alliance: Pandemic Resilience and the Future of Healthcare Expand An Africa-Europe Health Alliance: Pandemic Resilience and the Future of Healthcare

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect all aspects of our lives, health is in central political focus for the countries of the Africa-Europe partnership, creating a much-needed space for reform and translating political will into healthcare transformation. At opposite ends of the demographic scale, Europe and Africa have much to share in efforts to deliver healthcare systems that are based on solidarity and inclusivity. The Health Strategy Group of the Africa-Europe Foundation (AEF) is putting focus on the future of healthcare and health workforces. This primary session of the first
AEF Forum provides a platform for scaling-up political and investment initiatives tackling the capacities and infrastructure required for the healthcare systems of tomorrow, including: scope for a new foresight observatory on health workforces; the financial and investment frameworks to accelerate the manufacture of health products; and health bonds to raise funds for health-related projects. Key to all is to embed health as a central pillar of a strengthened Africa-EU partnership.

Participation in this session is by invitation only and limited to members and partners of the Africa-Europe Foundation and its affiliates.

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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Strategy Group Expand Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Strategy Group

The Africa-Europe agri-food partnership has the ambition to transform food systems sustainably, with flagship policy initiatives and added financial momentum. The AEF SG on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems aims to play its part given the scale of transformations we urgently need. To build the jobs, businesses and partnerships required, we will focus first on ways to scale-up agri-food SMEs by offering access to finance and mentoring. The SG has flagged the huge importance of stronger support for co-innovation, training and professional development in the agri-food sector. Our initiatives include construction of cross-continental networks of excellence in regenerative agriculture, and an Erasmus exchange programme for African and European farmers and agri-food entrepreneurs. The SG is also providing a particular focus on the Sahel, showing how investment in rural landscapes and livelihoods could put the region on the road to prosperity by 2030.

moderator

Tamsin Rose

Senior Fellow at the Africa Europe Foundation

An Africa-Europe Climate Alliance for Clean Cooking Solutions Expand An Africa-Europe Climate Alliance for Clean Cooking Solutions

This session will begin with the launch of a manifesto on clean cooking solutions developed by the AEF and partners. The introduction will put in context the Foundation’s work on an “Africa-Europe Climate Alliance” and the priority focus on Clean Cooking as emblematic of the Alliance, why investment in clean cooking has not matched the global magnitude of the challenge in recent years, and why there is a strategic and timely opportunity today for government and business to deliver on clean cooking solutions. This as a way to not only raise the importance of providing clean cooking solutions to all by 2030 but equally to recruit champions and mobilise government and investor to scale-up the cross-continental collective efforts.

The session will begin by highlighting why we are revisiting and rekindling an approach that has failed to get traction in the past. It will outline the fresh and compelling arguments that merit political attention and financial investment.

Registration spaces for this session are limited.

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Cities: New Narratives for a Stronger Africa-Europe Partnership Expand Cities: New Narratives for a Stronger Africa-Europe Partnership

The role of cities and mayors is critical to reset the relationship between Africa and Europe in the post COVID-19 recovery. Mayors across the two continents are already working together, showing leadership and progress in areas where states struggle to find common ground. These pragmatic alliances between cities can reinvigorate a more equal partnership between Africa and Europe, making a real difference in the lives of all urban residents.

Cities matter: by 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. While not all cities grow at the same pace across Africa and Europe, they share similar opportunities and challenges pertaining to demography, climate change and global pandemics – all factors affecting modern urban living. When COVID-19 dealt a blow to African and European cities with devastating health and economic impacts, mayors stepped up to the challenge, working to secure access to health and other basic services for their residents, as well as innovating and adapting policies and practices to a new global reality.

In this session, organised in partnership with ODI, mayors contributing to the Mayors Dialogue on Growth on Solidarity will share their experiences of working together with other leading figures and will look ahead to how cities can shape the future partnership between the two continents.

Cities connect all the work streams of the AEF Strategy Groups, from transport infrastructure, food systems and the energy transition to healthcare and digital innovation. This session will focus on how city leaders and existing city led platforms can act as catalysts to drive action on the priority initiatives identified by the Foundation Strategy Groups.

This session is organised in partnership with ODI.

speakers

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr

Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone

Ada Colau Ballano

Mayor of Barcelona

Marta Foresti

Director of ODI Europe

Mo Ibrahim

Founder and Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Mohammed Adjei Sowah

Mayor of Accra

Edlam Abera Yemeru

Chief on Urbanization at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

moderator

Dharmendra Kanani

Director, Asia, Peace, Security & Defense, Digital & Chief spokesperson

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Special Dialogue with Youth Leadership Networks Expand Special Dialogue with Youth Leadership Networks

This dialogue will feature an ‘In conversation with’ Mo Ibrahim, Chairman and Founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships. The discussion will bring together youth leaders from the Africa Europe Foundation’s founding partner networks.

Participation in this session is by invitation only.

speakers

Mo Ibrahim

Founder and Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Jutta Urpilainen

European Commissioner for International Partnerships

moderator

Dharmendra Kanani

Director, Asia, Peace, Security & Defense, Digital & Chief spokesperson

Transport and Connectivity Strategy Group Expand Transport and Connectivity Strategy Group

The meeting of the Transport and Connectivity Strategy Group is an opportunity to reflect on the issues raised at the Forum, in particular the transversal sessions on health, clean cooking and cities. The Strategy Group will also discuss the main working group processes, including initiatives on inland water transport, short-sea shipping, online freight platforms, and clean buses. This strategic planning meeting will be a chance to define the work streams for the remainder of the year and into 2022.

Participation in this session is by invitation only.

Continue to 2 JULY
Digital Strategy Group Expand Digital Strategy Group

The meeting of the Digital Strategy Group is an opportunity to reflect on the issues raised at the Forum, in particular the transversal sessions on health, clean cooking and cities. The Strategy Group will also discuss the main working group processes, including initiatives on e-health infrastructure and interoperability, as well as data and data governance. This strategic planning meeting will be a chance to define the work streams for the remainder of the year and into 2022.

Participation in this session is by invitation only.

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