The Africa Programme has established itself as a globally influential centre for independent policy research on Angola.
Through publications and events, the Africa Programme offers a unique forum for individuals, organizations and policy-makers to exchange views from the spectrum of Angolan business, politics, academia, diaspora and civil society.
Founded in 1998, the Angola Forum at Chatham House - formerly known as the British Angola Forum (BAF) - was one of the first centres of expertise on Angolan affairs and international relations. The forum was one of the first initiatives outside of Portuguese-speaking countries to critically engage with this complex and challenging country.
The Africa Programme continues this seminal work with an annual Angola Forum conference, and publications and meetings throughout the year, including frequent written contributions and interviews to media organizations globally, including Portuguese-language media.
Angola is entering a significant phase of transition and change. On 23 August 2017, Angolans elected a new president for the first time in 37 years, in a transfer of power with national, regional and international implications. Meanwhile, shifting geopolitical trends and a downturn in global commodity prices globally have necessitated fresh thinking on Angola’s oil and gas future.
Angola faces corresponding challenges of weak governance, corruption, human rights violations, and unpredictable foreign policy interventions. As the country moves further into its post-conflict transition with an ambitious regional and international outlook, it is of great importance that engagements are grounded in sound information and analysis.
The Africa Programme continues to devote a great deal of its resources to research on Angola. Speakers hosted by the programme have included key government and opposition figures, civil society representatives and policy-makers from Angola’s international partners. In previous years, the programme has hosted Valter Filipe Duarte da Silva, former Governor of the National Bank of Angola, José Filomeno dos Santos, former chairman of the Board of Directors of Angola’s Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA), Angola’s former minister of mining and geology, HE Manuel Francisco Queiróz, Dr Maria Ângela Bragança, former secretary of state for cooperation at the Angolan Ministry of External Relations, and former Minister of Justice HE Dr Rui Carneiro Mangueira.
The Africa Programme provides administrative and research support to the British All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Angola.