Africa and Europe need to revise and re-energise their relations. In a world of increased geopolitical competition with new and old actors jostling for influence across the continent, Europe and Africa must act urgently to modernise and revitalise relations. European and African narratives about each other need a fundamental reset.

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 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.

There is much the two regions can do together to forge a new kind partnership. Africa and Europe have a shared interest in implementing Agenda 2030, tackling the climate emergency, ensuring food security and better connectivity as well as harnessing the full potential of the digital economy.

The project aims to create a framework for a structured continuous and strategic dialogue between both regions’ stakeholders from business, politics and civil society. Four task forces will work across four key sectors: Digital Economy; Transport and Connectivity; Sustainable Energy; and Sustainable agriculture.

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 Task Forces are currently being filled and will be updated in the coming months. 


Julie Bolle — Project Director, Africa-Europe Alliance

Raphaël Danglade — Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Agriculture / Sustainable Energy, Africa Europe Alliance

Chahaiya Pilkington — Project Manager, Digital Economy/Transport & Connectivity, Africa Europe Alliance

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  • Friends of Europe

    The think tank for a more inclusive, sustainable and forward-thinking Europe. Friends of Europe is Brussels' most innovative think-tank, and for two decades has been showcasing new ideas on Europe's future while challenging outdated ones.

  • Mo Ibrahim Foundation

    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.



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