In many ways 2020 is said to be crucial for the medium- and long-term relationship between Africa and the EU. EU’s new strategy with Africa published in March, a new Sahel strategy and not least the EU-Africa summit in autumn might profoundly shape the future EU-Africa cooperation. But only through close and fair EU-Africa relations, it will be possible to achieve a more just and sustainable world and to move “together towards justainability”.
With the guiding question #WhatsTheOffer Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Africa Department and EU Office closely accompanies these processes with online events throughout the year and invites its African partners to bring in their voices and their expertise.
In June we concluded the first part of our webinar series "What’s the offer? A new partnership between Europe and Africa" .
For those of you who could not participate, we invite you to watch the records of the webinars on our website .
We will continue with these online series in October in the run-up to the AU-EU Summit.
For further reading we would like to draw your attention to three recent FES publications :
Robert Kappel: “Africa-Europe Economic Cooperation. Using the Opportunities for Reorientation”. He was one of our panelists in our third session “New Finance Instruments. The EU External Investment Plan”. The paper will soon also be available in French.
Christine Hackenesch, Julia Leininger and Karina Mross: “What the EU should do for democracy support in Africa. Ten proposals for a new strategic initiative in times of polarisation”. Christine Hackenesch was one of our panelists in our opening session "What's the offer? Expectations on the EU-Africa Year”.
Nathan Vandeputte: “Rejuvenating EU Democracy Support in Africa. The Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) as a promising Framework for Action?”. He gave a short introduction to the new EU finance instrument in our Webinar "EU’s new finance instruments: NDICI and democracy promotion in Sub-Saharan-Africa.