Chatham House: Independent thinking on international affairs


The Africa Programme at Chatham House, headed by Alex Vines, aims to develop foreign policy-orientated research on issues affecting individual states of Africa, the African continent as a whole and relations with the outside world.

Eritrea and Ethiopia: A New Approach
A new briefing suggests a fresh approach to improve relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia by pursuing individual engagement with both, rather than immediate discussions between the two countries. Read.

Harnessing Economic Growth in Tanzania
President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete outlines his government’s ambition for Tanzania to reach middle-income status by 2025 and the potential for the country to develop into a regional hub. Audio/Video.

Zimbabwe's International Re-engagement
A new report argues that while Zimbabwe's economic collapse is not inevitable, the government must build investor confidence, reduce uncertainty, and re-engage with the international community. Read.

The Promise of Nigeria's Entrepreneurs
A new report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria highlights practical initiatives that the UK could take forward in support of the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Lagos, and strengthening its economic and commercial relevance in Nigeria. Read.


Current Projects

More informed international engagement with African states is becoming increasingly important for preventing global conflict and for securing future growth. The Africa Programme has continued to strengthen its position as a world-leading centre for independent political expertise on Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Africa Programme has recently carried out field research and related activities in Angola, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cyprus, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, USA, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Widespread dissemination of our research findings amongst governments, businesses, academia and civil society actors internationally remains central to our growing influence. Nearly all Africa Programme output remains free thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.


For further information on the work of the Africa programme, please contact Tighisti Amare.

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