The Africa-Europe Foundation is a consortium entity founded by a leading European think-tank, Friends of Europe, and a leading African Foundation, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, in partnership with the African Climate Foundation and the ONE Campaign and with a multitude of stakeholders from civil society, business, policymaking and the youth sector across Africa and Europe.

Africa-Europe Foundation Strategy Groups – Our sectoral focus

The Africa-Europe Foundation Strategy Groups are mandated to build a commonality of purpose from the complexity of sometimes diverging perspectives and approaches across priority domains of partnership; enlarge the Africa-Europe partnership to new and diverse actors; unlock dormant opportunities; leverage joint partnership action; open up space for fresh policy thinking, strategic foresight and a holistic rethink of critical sectors for multilateral cooperation; and reinforce Africa-EU on the international stage.

The Strategy Groups will focus on priority sectors that are central to Africa-Europe cooperation and critical in both the COVID context and in the face of the ongoing climate emergency. We recognise the interconnections across priority sectors and will work to break down silos and promote cross-sector initiatives.

The Strategy Groups will focus on the following priority sectors:

  • Health
  • Digital
  • Agriculture & Sustainable Food Systems
  • Energy & Green Transformation
  • Transport & Connectivity

The Strategy Groups are supported by the High-Level Group of Personalities who provides political and strategic orientations for the Africa-Europe Foundation.

Our cross-cutting themes

In promoting a whole-of-society approach we highlight the importance of embedding cross-cutting themes which are pivotal to taking the Africa-Europe partnership to the next level of impact:

Climate Change; Youth; Gender; Education; Mobility; Involvement of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES); and Governance.

The research partners affiliated to the Africa-Europe Foundation Strategy Groups include IPEMED (Mediterranean World Economic Foresight Institute), the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS), the Next Einstein Forum and FERDI (Fondation pour les Études et Recherches sur le Développement International).

The preparation of the Africa-Europe Foundation has been supported by the European Commission and in association with the African Union Commission through the “Debating Africa-EU” series.

The announcement of the Africa-Europe Foundation is a call to involve diverse organisations, youth and civil society networks, think-tanks, foundations and institutions working on the Africa-Europe partnership.


Paul Walton — Director

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Crystal Rugege
Crystal Rugege

Managing Director of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) Rwanda

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Crystal Rugege currently manages the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) Rwanda, a partnership between the Government of Rwanda and the World Economic Forum to accelerate the inclusive adoption of technology for the benefit of society. As founding Director of Strategy, Rugege launched and scaled Carnegie Mellon University’s Africa’s campus. Rugege also sits on the board of I&M Bank Rwanda PLC, and is an Advisory Board Member of Andela, a company that identifies and develops software developers. Rugege is the recipient of CMU’s Inspirational Leadership Award and the Next Einstein Forum’s Women in STEM Leadership Award, among others.

Sihle Tshabalala
Sihle Tshabalala

Co-Founder and CEO of Quirky 30 NPC

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Sihle Tshabalala is a champion for disadvantaged populations, seeking to empower them through digital skills. His Quirky 30 NPC is a non-profit and public benefit organisation offering pathways out of poverty, inequality and crime through coding programmes. A self-taught coder, Tshabalala also co-founded the Brothers for All school, teaching former inmates, unemployed youth and vulnerable children. He has received several awards for his ground-breaking work, including the Spark Changemaker award, TEDx Fellowship, Africa Social Innovation Leadership Award and the Google Impact South Africa Challenge Finalists.

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Founded by

  • 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.

In partnership with

  • The ONE Campaign

    The ONE Campaign, a global movement and international not-for-profit organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease.

  • The African Climate Foundation

    The African Climate Foundation is the first African-led strategic climate change grant-making foundation


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