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As Africa and Europe seek to re-set their partnership, Friends of Europe is engaging with its partners across both continents about the long-term vision, as well as the diverging and converging issues at the heart of this established cooperation. Africa and Europe have a shared interest in accelerating work on the global agenda for sustainable development and facing together the pandemic as well as the climate and environmental emergency. The Covid-19 crisis is exposing the lack of resilience on the fundamentals of life and the urgency to rethink our common future as Africa and Europe.

As part of its Africa-Europe Days, Friends of Europe and partners are presenting an inspiring programme of virtual dialogues and an innovative platform of platforms focused on accelerating the impact and reach of the Africa-Europe partnership in the leadup to the Africa-EU Leaders’ Meeting on 9 December.

Friends of Europe will be discussing Africa-EU relations and global development through the prism of key fields including energy, agriculture, the digital economy, health, and transport and connectivity.

Global Policy Dialogues are run as part of the Development Policy Forum of Friends of Europe and partners.


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COVID-19 has laid bare yet another brutal truth: resilient systems across the globe, from healthcare to welfare, require a certain level of state capacity. Beyond the simple definition of the means to collect revenue, state capacity refers to the capability of countries to protect their citizens in times of crisis and to help them thrive in times of plenty. Boosting state capacity requires targeted initiatives that create positive externalities, such as connectivity and infrastructure projects. Better transport links, especially in rural areas, have – among other economic aspects – positive impacts on gender equality and the livelihoods of small-holder farmers, and improve access to education and youth empowerment.
In Kenya, the new Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway is predicted to cause long-term economic gain of up to 1.5% annually, and its construction – both directly and indirectly – created several thousand jobs. As the pandemic sees many infrastructure projects put on the back burner, now is the time to reassess and target specific, sustainable initiatives that can create wider net positives – crucial on the road to Agenda 2030.

  • Can a multilateral, multi-stakeholder approach to connectvitiy initiatives work to support states with lower capacity?
  • How does greater connectivity better equip areas most affected by climate change to better mitigate and adapt to its effects?
  • Should Europe look to exapand its connectivity strategy and support initiatives in Africa, as well as Eurasia?

speakers

John Makoha

Regional Director for Uganda at the AVSI Foundation

Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo

Founder of the Young African Aviation Professional Association (YAAPA)

Tommaso Spanevello

Public Affairs Manager at UNIFE – the Association of the European Rail Manufacturing Industry

Armin Wagner

Senior Transport Policy Advisor at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

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Amanda Rohde

Senior Manager at Friends of Europe

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John Makoha

Regional Director for Uganda at the AVSI Foundation

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As Regional Manager, John Makoha oversees the Uganda AVSI Foundation country programme portfolio, spanning different sectors such as education, health, agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene, spread over 45 districts in the nation. Previously, Makoha worked as AVSI’s policy and advocacy liaison officer in Brussels representing the organisation in international networks and meetings and liaising with the European Parliament and the European Commission. Makoha has also worked for the AVSI Foundation in Nairobi and Kenya and has undertaken a number of short missions to other countries in Africa and Eastern Europe where the organisation is present.

Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo
Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo

Founder of the Young African Aviation Professional Association (YAAPA)

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Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo is the founder of YAAPA and of the aviation consultancy, the HEFA Group. She is the winner of the 2019 IATA High Flyer Award, the 2019 Commonwealth Point of Light and has been the African Civil Aviation Commission recognition certificate for promoting the industry to the next generation. Simo is active in diverse sectors in order to facilitate cooperation across borders. She is also ambassador of Cameroon for the Next Einstein Forum and for the World Union of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.

Tommaso Spanevello
Tommaso Spanevello

Public Affairs Manager at UNIFE – the Association of the European Rail Manufacturing Industry

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Tommaso Spanevello is in charge of innovation policy, digitalisation and environmental matters, coordinating the activities of UNIFE’s digitalisation platform, research and innovation committee and sustainable transport committees. On behalf of UNIFE, Spanevello is the Executive Secretary of Rail Forum Europe, the association of European Parliament’s members dedicated to rail transport. Prior to joining UNIFE, Spanevello led the policy department of the Association of the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) in Brussels.

Armin Wagner
Armin Wagner

Senior Transport Policy Advisor at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

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Armin Wagner has more than 18 years of experience in designing, implementing and evaluating projects in the field of sustainable transport. Wagner’s areas of specialisation are urban mobility, financing of infrastructure and international fuel prices. He has an insight on recent developments in areas such as road safety, road management and energy-related issues, gaining first-hand experience by working in rapidly advancing countries such as Ukraine, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Syria. Since 2013, he is heading GIZ’s sector project ‘Sustainable Mobility’, providing advisory services both to the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as well as to decision-makers and planners worldwide.

Amanda Rohde
Amanda Rohde

Senior Manager at Friends of Europe

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Amanda Rohde oversees Friends of Europe’s work on: digital & data governance; peace, security & defence; and EU-Asia relations. She also works as the coordinator for strategic research & evaluation in the context of the organisation’s work on Africa. Prior to joining Friends of Europe in 2016, she worked in the Research Unit of International Crisis Group – tracking conflicts across Africa and Asia – and as a teacher in South Korea. Amanda holds a Master of Advanced International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, where she focused her studies on conflict and crisis analysis, and a BA in linguistics from the University of Florida with a special focus on African languages and literature.

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