The European Business Council for Africa

Alors que l’épidémie du Covid-19 continue à se propager, les projets du programme ARCHIPELAGO adaptent leurs activités et leurs modalités de mise en œuvre pour continuer à soutenir la création d'emplois, à la fois qualitatifs et durables, dans les pays des régions du Sahel et Lac Tchad.
La pandémie met tous les acteurs des écosystèmes des projets de partenariat face à l’urgence des changements à entreprendre pour renforcer la résilience de nos écosystèmes et répondre aux nouveaux défis. 
Certaines activités des projets ont été modifiées tandis que la mobilisation des réseaux de partenaires et la mise en place d’outils numériques permettent aujourd’hui une diffusion rapide et complète des informations et une mise en œuvre des activités des projets. 
À cette crise sanitaire s´ajoutent les contraintes de type sécuritaire auxquelles font face plusieurs pays de la région du Sahel et du Lac Tchad. 
Le séminaire en ligne du 22 octobre s´adresse à tous les partenaires des consortiums des projets des 1er et 2ème appels à propositions du programme ARCHIPELAGO. Cinq projets présenteront leurs expériences et pistes de solutions pour amorcer et faciliter l´échange de bonnes pratiques et promouvoir des synergies. […]

Le séminaire en ligne présentera les mécanismes de financement de formation professionnelle et d´apprentissage en Afrique de l'Ouest. Il permettra également un dialogue entre les acteurs privés et publics pour des propositions concrètes en vue d'améliorer l'accès et l'utilisation des financements des fonds nationaux. Un panel composé de patronats, chambres consulaires et fonds nationaux de formation et d´apprentissage amorcera le débat.

«L’Enseignement et la Formation Techniques et Professionnels (EFTP) et son financement en Afrique de l’Ouest» est un événement public en ligne organisé par le programme ARCHIPELAGO, le programme VET Toolbox, LuxDev et le réseau RAFPRO. L’hébergement du séminaire sur la plateforme Zoom est assurée par EUROCHAMBRES, partenaire au sein du consortium du programme ARCHIPELAGO.[…]

The ESDN Conference 2020 will take place on 12-13 October 2020 as a virtual event! The Conference was scheduled to take place in Berlin, Germany, but the current COVID-19 situation has made a physical presence at the Conference no longer possible. Therefore, the ESDN Conference 2020 will now be fully virtual and will no longer be a hybrid event.

The Conference is being organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The Conference will be a 2-day event of the German EU Council Presidency. The Conference will bring together sustainable development policymakers and experts from different stakeholder groups from all over Europe.[…]

This year, EBS is different 

This year is different; in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, EBS has decided to make a few changes to our format. As scheduled, the European Business Summit will return to the Egmont Palace on the 16th and 17th of November 2020 as a hybrid event. This new event format will include a limited in-person portion of the event alongside live-streaming of keynote sessions and online engagement (+10,000 viewers over the 2 days of Summit). Since the number of in-person spots is limited, please ensure that you have registered online to guarantee your place. EBS is looking forward to welcoming you all to celebrate our 20th edition together in November. […]

The COVID-19 pandemic is propelling global health as a major priority of the EU’s development aid agenda. This webinar, which is the fourth and last of a series organised by DAI and ECDPM, showcases the importance of a coordinated public and private response. It will also present various health projects and their different reactions to the pandemic: from traditional awareness-raising campaigns to high-tech digital tools, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing creativity and innovation. Panellists will reflect on how the emergency reaction, global creativity can help build stronger health systems, in partnership with governments, the private sector, communities, and regional professional networks.

As part of its ‘Debating Africa-EU’ series, Friends of Europe organised a debate on how to reset Africa-Europe relationswith European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen and Aya Chebbi, African Union Special Envoy on Youth.

Speakers: Joachim Schuster (MEP, Member of the Committee on International Trade), Ilan Strauss (Senior Research Associate, Industrial Development (SARChl), University of Johannesburg; Lecturer in Macroeconomics, Rice University), NN (European Commission)

In this webinar we would like to discuss how EU’s Communication “Towards a new strategy with Africa” needs to be adjusted to become a roadmap for a sustainable and equal partnership between both continents. The Corona crisis requires adjustments with regard to health care systems and public services in Africa. In addition, we would like to discuss what improvements are needed especially in the areas of trade, regional economic integration, and jobs to allow Africa a sustainable socio-economic development both after Covid-19 and in the long run.

Date: 18 June 2020
Time: 12.30-14.00

The Egmont Institute has the pleasure to invite you to an Africa Lunch Meeting Webinar on 18 June with Senior Research Fellow Cedric de Coning from the Peace, Conflict and Development Research Group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Drawing on extensive research on African peacekeeping, Dr. de Coning will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted peace operations on the continent. Thus far Africa, where the bulk of AU and UN peacekeepers are deployed, has been spared the brunt of the crisis, but this is likely to change in the medium term. In the short-term, activities have been reduced to the most critical, rotations have been frozen, and most staff are working remotely. Most of the missions have adapted remarkably well. However, even more changes are likely in the medium term when the global economic recession, that is expected to follow in the wake of the virus may force peace operations to drastically contract in size and scope.

Wednesday 4th of March 2020 - Rue de la Loi, Brussels 


EBCAM’s Research Assistants attended the EU Commission InfoPoint which gave the floor to Prof. Johan Swinnen from the International Food Policy Research Institute. IFPRI provides research-based solutions for food systems as well as capacity-building. Mr. Swinnen argued that trade is the key to improve food security and nutrition through diversification of food products. The professor then explained that the EU was still Africa’s main partner in the agricultural sector but that its share had gone down from 60% to 35%. Others topics were addressed such as sustainable development, protectionism, food standards and different value chain models existing in the agricultural sector.

The InfoPoint was then followed by a Q&A session during which participants were invited to interact with speakers.


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Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th of February 2020/ German Development Institute, Bonne, Germany

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is the only region where the number of poor people is still rising. The vast majority of the workforce is employed informally and under precarious conditions. While many Asian countries have shown that such conditions can be overcome, the potential drivers for such structural transformation in SSA are still unclear. At the same time, international conditions for economic development are undergoing radical changes.

The two-day conference will combine keynote speeches offering various perspectives with expert sessions focusing on specific game changing trends. Following the eight expert sessions, two panel discussions will be held:

  1. the first aims to integrate findings from the expert sessions and attempts to identify some overall lessons for Africa’s structural transformation ahead.
  2. The second addresses implications for governance. The key assumption is that different pathways of economic development correspond to specific governance patterns; thus, if economic transformation changes direction, so do mechanisms of accountability, participation etc.

Following these panels, representatives of the Economic Commission for Africa, BMZ and DEVCO will highlight important outcomes for international cooperation, especially what implications emerge for the AU-EU partnership.

The conference is organized jointly by DIE with the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings Institution, the Center for Development Research at University of Bonn (ZEF), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa as well as the international research and think tank networks GRECEST, Malabo-Montpellier Panel, PEGNet and T20 Africa.

Full programme here