Past eventResearch Event

The Relevance of Intergovernmental Organizations to African States: The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries

28 March 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Chatham House, London


HE Maria do Carmo Silveira, Executive Secretary, Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP)
Chair: Dr Alex Vines, Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



African states are well represented in intergovernmental organizations linked by official language and colonial history, such as the Commonwealth, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), and the Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP). These organizations aim to provide support in addressing matters of mutual interest, and responding to  significant policy challenges such as improving sustainable growth prospects and opportunities to young populations; and citizens are increasingly vocal on key issues such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018, this event series will examine the importance of these intergovernmental organizations in working with their members to responsibly and sustainably respond to policy challenges in Africa.

At this event, HE Maria do Carmo Silveira will discuss the role of the CPLP, its relevance to African states, and the future of the organization on the continent.