The Africa Programme uses its networks of governmental and non-governmental actors across Africa and around the world to help generate a better understanding of the changing dynamics of African political economies and international relations.

The programme focuses on Africa’s changing relationship with the European Union, as well as the drivers of and prospects for further engagement between countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and sub-Saharan Africa. The UK’s complex and changing relations in Africa are analysed through our work on UK Policy in Africa.

Emerging economies around the world are developing their political and economic relations with African states in pursuit of a number of strategic goals. The drivers, nature and impact of the emerging interests and relations between countries in the Horn of Africa and the Gulf have been at the core of the Programme’s work in 2016-17, while a series of Africa Programme papers have examined relations between Africa and emerging powers, including South Korea, Turkey, and South Africa.

A seminar in 2016 provided an early assessment of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), held in Nairobi on 27 and 28 August 2016 and the first to take place on the African continent. Ahead of the 2011 India-Africa Forum, a conference and collection of resources examined India’s modern day relationship with Africa.

Options for improving the effectiveness of international policy towards Africa in the post-G8 world were discussed in a report, Our Common Strategic Interests: Africa's role in the Post-G8 World, published in 2010. The Africa Programme is part of the T20 Africa Standing Group (T20-ASG), a group of African and international think-tanks which will support cooperation between the G20 and Africa with evidence-based policy advice.

The Programme continues to follow Africa’s engagement in international fora and organisations, including the UN. In 2017 the programme hosted H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission. 

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