Past eventResearch Event

The Relevance of Intergovernmental Organizations to African States: The Role of the Commonwealth

12 April 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Chatham House, London


Nabeel Goheer, Assistant Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat
HE Yamina Claris Karitanyi, High Commissioner of Rwanda to the UK
Chair: Bob Dewar, Associate Fellow, 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, the speakers will discuss the changing role of the Commonwealth in Africa, its evolving multilateral engagements and inclusive partnerships, and expected outcomes from the forthcoming meeting.