The London Conference

Break-Out Sessions - Group Two: Agendas and Agency: Africa’s Influence in an Uncertain International Order

Monday 23 October, 1530 – 1645


In recent decades, sub-Saharan Africa has been spurred by strong economic growth, successful reform efforts and the consolidation of democratic principles in many parts of the continent. This had led to governments and organizations across the region taking increasing ownership over responses to the challenges the region faces as well as becoming more vocal on global issues. However, important questions remain about the agendas that individual African governments and the region as a whole will pursue. This is all the more acute in the face of current pressures on the regional and international order from populism, protectionism and the weakness of commodity prices.

What is the role of African actors in this shifting international order? How can they seek to influence change on a global level while ensuring they successfully navigate their own economic headwinds at home?



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