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As Africa and Europe seek to revise and re-energise their partnership, Friends of Europe is embarking on a new and exciting journey to further expand and intensify its work on Africa Europe relations.
The Covid-19 pandemic, causing devastation in both Europe and Africa, has made it even more imperative that Europe and Africa act urgently to modernise and revitalise their relations.
There is much the two continents can do together to forge a new kind partnership. Africa and Europe have a shared interest in forging a health partnership, implementing Agenda 2030, tackling the climate emergency, ensuring food security and better connectivity as well as harnessing the full potential of the digital economy.
Funded by the European Union, the Africa Europe Alliance brings together a leading African think tank, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation renowned for its work in supporting good governance and exceptional leadership in Africa, a leading European think tank working on a more inclusive, sustainable and forward-looking Europe, Friends of Europe, and IPEMED, a respected Euro-Mediterranean academic institute. Together, this consortium has a vast depth of expertise on African and European policymaking and the investment environment across both regions as well as extensive networks of high level political and business contacts.
At the heart of this project is a mission to deliver practical policy recommendations for sustainable investment and jobs which may underpin both political dialogue and financial cooperation between Africa and Europe. The impact of Covid-19 on the global economy has made it essential that health questions are also given priority in Africa Europe relations. The Africa Europe Alliance task forces will ensure a strategic and continuous dialogue between Africa and Europe on the link between health – including health infrastructure, health governance and expenditure – and four key areas: the digital economy, transport and connectivity, sustainable energy and sustainable agriculture. The Africa Europe Alliance will also build on the important work carried out by previous Sectoral Task Forces established by the EU in the framework of the Africa Europe Alliance for sustainable investment and jobs.
Involving younger generations will be a critical component of the work done through the Africa Europe Alliance – particularly given that by 2050 the African continent will have the largest number of young people in the world. Other transversal themes that will be woven into the project include the involvement of women, SMEs, as well as sustainability & climate change.
The Alliance is an important step in Friends of Europe’s expanding focus on Africa. Working through its Development Policy Forum as well as with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the ONE Campaign, Friends of Europe has already created an impressive, independent and informal network of top-level African and European leaders who provide regular input and recommendations on improving relations between the two continents. The EU-Africa High Level Group of personalities which includes former heads of state as well as pop singer Bono, is currently engaged in crafting recommendations on the different ways in which Africa and Europe can work together to accelerate the green transformation.
During this challenging moment, the Alliance Task Forces represent a timely opportunity for both continents and their stakeholders to collaboratively contribute to the promotion of inter-regional economic integration along the Europe-Africa axis and boost responsible sustainable investments.
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The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is an African foundation, established in 2006 with one focus: the critical importance of governance and leadership in Africa. It is our conviction that governance and leadership lie at the heart of any tangible and shared improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.
The Mediterranean world Economic Foresight Institute (L’Institut de Prospective Economique du Monde Méditerranéen - IPEMED) is an independent Euro-Mediterranean think tank. Its main aim is to integrate the countries to the North and South of the Mediterranean via economic means.