Past eventResearch Event

Africa and Europe: From Common Interests to Transformative Cooperation on Governance

14 May 2018 - 8:15am to 4:00pm

Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia


Participants include:
H.E. Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia
H.E. Ousainou Darboe, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Gambia
H.E. Mohammad Habibu Tijani, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Republic of Ghana 
Joaquin Tasso Vilallonga, Deputy Head of Division, Pan-African Division, European External Action Service, European Union
Minister Boris Koprivnikar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration, Republic of Slovenia
Khady Mbengue Fall, Regional President, Association des Femmes de l’afrique de l’ouest/West African Women’s Association
Deus Kibamba, Academy Robert Bosch Fellow, Chatham House
Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director of Area Studies and International Law and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Atje Drexler, Senior Vice President, Europe and its Neighbors, Robert Bosch Stiftung



The Chatham House Africa Programme will co-host the first day of the Republic of Slovenia’s 7th Africa Day Conference. Slovenia’s annual high-level Africa event is hosted under the auspices of the president of the Slovenia and aims to improve policy outcomes for citizens in Europe and Africa as a result of a deeper understanding and strengthened cooperation between the two regions. The focus of the first day of this conference will be on African and European cooperation on governance - identified at the 5th AU-EU summit as one of the four strategic areas of the EU-Africa partnership. Additionally, goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is governance-focussed, through which all UN member states agree to 'build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels' and practise 'responsive, inclusive and participatory decision-making', and 'ensure public access to information'. Aspiration 3 of the AU’s Agenda 63 is for an 'Africa of good governance, democracy, and respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law'.

Expert policy discussions will examine, among other issues, the relationship between capable and accountable institutions and sustainable growth; civic participation and gender inclusion; youth perspectives on good governance; local and community governance; global governance and standard setting; and African and European synergies and cooperation on these issues.

This event is being held in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, and is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

If you are interested in attending this event in Ljubljana, Slovenia please contact Daragh Neville.