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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Annette Ssemuwemba
Annette Ssemuwemba

Deputy Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat of the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the World Trade Organization

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Annette Ssemuwemba is an international development professional with over 20 years of experience in developing and executing corporate strategic initiatives aimed at improving trade competitiveness. In her current role, she implements sustainable solutions to address institutional and productive capacity constraints in 47 least-developed countries. Prior to that, as Chief Strategy and Results Officer for the multi-million Aid for Trade initiative, she worked across Eastern Africa, designing and implementing strategic interventions to address trade, transport and logistics challenges and increase trade competitiveness.

Mateu Turró
Mateu Turró Calvet

President of The Center for Innovation in Transport (CENIT)

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Mateu Turró is a renowned academic who recently retired as Professor of Transport at the UPC in Barcelona. He was previously Associate Director of EIB, responsible for the evaluation of transport and urban projects. He developed the LOGISMED a network of multimodal logistic platforms to connect North-African countries among themselves and with the EU. Turró is widely published on transport and urban issues, including on plurinational transport megaprojects (for IADB), governance and evaluation, and on project financing issues. He developed a methodology to assess redistribution and intergenerational effects. He also assisted the European Commission in several Committees and is presently advising the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).

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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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