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UK Policy in Africa

This project examines key aspects and changes within UK policy towards Africa, particularly in the fields of politics and trade.

The UK has a complex history of engagements in Africa that continue to influence key relationships and policy. Combining international perspectives and connections, this ongoing project explains these complexities in a policy relevant manner. It examines how UK policy towards Africa is impacted by the growing importance of the European Union, and changing international balance of power.

In recent years outputs related to UK's Africa engagements have included a project on UK-Mozambique links sponsored by the British FCO, including a meeting in Maputo addressed by the then UK Minister with responsibility for Africa Lord Malloch Brown, followed by a speech at Chatham House by his Mozambique counterpart Foreign Minister Oldemiro Baloi in 2010. In November 2010 current UK Minister with responsibility for Africa Henry Bellingham MP, spoke at Chatham House on the UK's policy in Zimbabwe. Other events on UK policy have included a presentation by the Foreign Minister of Senegal on the growing UK trade links with Senegal, and a meeting on Angola and the UK, part of the Africa Programme's Angola Forum. In June 2010 Chatham House hosted a report publication event on Anglo-French cooperation in Africa, published by the University of Portsmouth.

In 2011 Chatham House undertook several activities with UK relevance, and published several papers related to different aspects of UK policy. A paper considered the emerging development policies in Africa of Scotland and Wales and a separate paper looked at British foreign policy trends in Africa.

On the eve of the 9th bi-annual UK-SA Bilateral Forum, Chatham House hosted a reception for the delegates, at which the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, and Elizabeth Thabethe, South Africa's Trade and Industry Deputy Minister spoke.


Publications

All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria: Too Many to Count? Human Rights, Justice and Accountability in Nigeria
Meeting Summary, November 2013

Too Many to Count? Human Rights, Justice and Accountability in Nigeria: 2013 Country Visit Report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria
Briefing Paper 
All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria, November 2013

UK and South Africa: A Relationship Worth Maintaining
Expert Comment
Alex Vines

SA-UK Relations: Collective Understanding and Mutual Trust Needed
Expert Comment
Alex Vines and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos 

The Battle of the Atlantic Anniversary: The Navy’s Role in Resilience and Prosperity
Meeting Summary, May 2013

UK-Angola Bilateral Relations: Priorities, Influence and Impact
Meeting Summary, May 2013

Launch of the 2012 Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria
Meeting Summary, September 2012

Young Democracy 2012: Country Visit Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria
APPG Report
All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria, September 2012

End of the Roadmap: Somalia after the London and Istanbul Conferences
Programme Paper
Jason Mosley, June 2012

Does Sport Matter to Diplomacy?
Transcript 
Jeremy Browne MP, Simon Anholt and John Steele, May 2012

British Government Consultation with the UK-based Somali Diaspora
Meeting Summary, February 2012

A New Effort to Help Somalia
Transcript
William Hague MP, February 2012

Reviewing a Distinctive UK Foreign Policy
Transcript
Bob Ainsworth MP, Baroness Falkner, Lord Hannay and Dr Robin Niblett, July 2011

UK – South Africa Relations and the Bilateral Forum
Programme Paper
Markus Weimer and Alex Vines, June 2011

Education in Angola: Partnership Opportunities for the UK
Programme Paper
Emanuel Gomes and Markus Weimer, May 2011

More with Less: Trends in UK Diplomatic Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa
Programme Paper
Tom Cargill, May 2011

Scotland and Wales in Africa: Opportunities for a Coordinated UK Approach to Development
Programme Paper
Adjoa Anyimadu, March 2011

Building on the Inheritance: The UK’s Role in Global Poverty Reduction
Briefing Paper
Kevin Watkins, August 2010

UK and the World: Governing in an Age of Uncertainty
Transcript
Alex Evans and David Steven, June 2010

Britain and South Africa: The Old Guard Moves OnExpert Comment
Thomas Cargill, March 2010

Lord Malloch-Brown Urges Reforms in Africa to Beat the Global Recession
Press release, June 2009 

Report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria 2009
APPG Report on Nigeria
Chatham House, April 2009

Report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria
APPG on Nigeria (November 2007 visit report), February 2008

Launch of the Report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria
Meeting Summary, February 2008

'The Security of Africans beyond borders: migration, remittances and London’s transnational entrepreneurs'
David Styan, International Affairs, November 2007 

Growth and Responsibility: A Review of Business Action for Africa between the UK and German G8 Presidencies 2005-7
Chatham House Report
Richard Reeve, June 2007

All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria
May-June 2007 Newsletter
APPG on Nigeria, June 2007

All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria Launch of Report
Meeting Summary, March 2007

All Party Parliamentary Group on Angola Report Launch
Meeting Summary, January 2007

Nigeria-Related Financial Crime and its links with Britain
Chatham House Report
Michael Peel, November 2006

All Party Parliamentary Group on Angola Report
APPG on Angola, September 2006

APPG Niger Delta Report Launch
Other Resources
Africa Programme, December 2005

Blair’s G8 Gamble: Prospects for Gleneagles
Briefing Paper
Chatham House, June 2005

British Attitudes to Africa
Briefing Note
Eva Kaplan, March 2005

Western Foreign Policy Towards Angola in the New Millennium
Conference Report, September 2001


Past events

Too Many to Count? Human Rights, Justice and Accountability in Nigeria
20 November 2013 

UK – Angola Bilateral Relations: Priorities, Influence and Impact
21 May 2013 

The Battle of the Atlantic Anniversary Seminar: The Navy’s Role in Resilience and Prosperity
10 May 2013 

UK Strategy in North and West Africa
24 April 2013 

UK Africa Priorities for 2013
11 February 2013 

Investigating Cross-Border Crimes: Transatlantic Cooperation
5 February 2013 

African Energy Development and UK Energy Security
14 November 2012 

Launch of the 2012 Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria
12 September 2012 

Does Sport Matter to Diplomacy?
30 May 2012 

British Government Consultation on Somalia
8 February 2012  

UK-Nigerian Anti-Corruption Cooperation
17 October 2011 

Education in Angola: Partnership Opportunities for the UK
31 May 2011 

UK Engagement in Africa on Climate Change
17 November 2010 

Senegal's Growing UK Trade Links and Regional Policy
15 November 2010 

Furthering Zimbabwe Debate in the United Kingdom
10 November 2010 

Angola and the UK: Findings of an Inter-Parliamentary Union Visit
4 November 2010 

Open Meeting of the Procurement for Development Forum
22 June 2009 

Launch of the Annual Report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria
23 April 2009 

The London Summit: Multiple Perspectives on the G20
1 April 2009 

More Foreign, Less Office: Doing Diplomacy in the 21st Century
12 March 2009 

Launch of the DFID Country Strategy for the Democratic Republic of Congo
19 May 2008 

Britain in Africa - Book Launch
12 May 2008 

The Modern Commonwealth: A Glass more than Half Full
11 March 2008 

Launch of the Report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria
25 February 2008 

The Role of the Angolan National Electoral Commission in Angola's Next Elections
29 October 2007 

Conservative Party National and International Security Policy Group Report Launch
26 July 2007 

The New Diplomacy: challenges for British Foreign Policy
19 July 2007 

Meeting: Nigeria-related Organized Crime And Its Links With Britain: A New Report
15 November 2006 

Meeting: Africa In 2007 - Implementing Our Gleneagles Commitments
8 November 2006 

Research Event: The Commission For Africa
5 May 2004 

Meeting: After Zimbabwe: Has The Commonwealth Still Got A Purpose?
5 February 2003 

Western Foreign Policy Towards Angola in the New Millennium
12 September 2002


Contact

For more information please contact the Africa Programme

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