Although major power competition on the African continent is a reality, it should not dominate the Biden administration’s vision for U.S.-Africa relations, argues Michelle Gavin in her new paper Major Power Rivalry in Africa, for the Managing Global Disorder Discussion Paper series. Speakers discuss how the Biden administration can pursue strategic partnerships that align African aspirations and U.S. interests while managing competition with China.
Image: Authors’ calculations using UNCTAD FDI and EORA Statistics. Total share of global FDI inflows.
H.E. Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia
H.E. Dr Anže Logar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia
H.E. Ambassador Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
H.E. Barbara Creecy, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Republic of South Africa
H.E. Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Commission
H.E. Dr Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Portugal
H.E. Aïssata Tall Sall, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad, Republic of Senegal
H.E. Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Finland
Osward M Chanda, Acting Director, Water Development and Sanitation Department, African Development Bank
Alderman Xanthea Limberg, Councillor, City of Cape Town, South Africa; Chairperson, Cape Town Water Resilience Advisory Committee
Sareen Malik, Executive Secretary, African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation
Carla Montesi, Director for Green Deal, Digital Agenda, Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission
Ambassador Anita Pipan, Director-General for Multilateral Affairs and Development Cooperation, Slovenia
Matjaž Ivačič, Director, GeoCodis, Slovenia
Matej Mirić, Integration Engineer, Litostroj Power, Slovenia
David Sodnik, Director and Owner, Valter skupina, Slovenia
Malani Padayachee-Saman, CEO, MPAMOT, South Africa
Angela Martins, Head of Culture Division, Social Affairs Department, African Union
Aleksandra Maria Tor, Junior Political Officer, Political, Press and Information Section, Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia
Ambassador Matjaž Šinkovec, National Coordinator for Relations with African Countries and Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia
Ibrahim Nouhoum, Co-founder, International African Forum, Slovenia and Mali
Dr Mimi Ajibadé, Member of Council, Chatham House
Koen Doens, Director-General, Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission
Ambassador Dr Stanislav Raščan, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia
Natalia Al Mansour, Head of the Department for Africa and the Middle East, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia
Bob Dewar CMG, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Petra Kežman, Head of the Department for Public Diplomacy and International Cooperation in Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia
Ante Milevoj, Senior Consultant, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
The 10th Africa Day International Conference takes place under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, and within the framework of the Bled Strategic Forum.
As Africa’s health care systems are often underfunded, ill-equipped, understaffed, or not accessible at all, Sub-Saharan Africa has become a booming arena for digital health innovation. The use of big data and artificial intelligence (AI) has demonstrated high applicability for both outbreak control and preparedness as well as to address a range of diseases and improve public health services. COVID-19 has ignited further momentum by highlighting the promise of AI in medicine and health care, with applications ranging from disease surveillance to drug discovery, clinical diagnostics, patient care, and health system management. However, this promise will not be realized without addressing persistent inequities in terms of health care access and outcomes.
Chux Daniels and Rob Floyd
The COVID-19 pandemic has created one of the most extreme economic challenges for Africa in modern history. And yet in addressing those challenges, national governments have a unique window of opportunity to redirect research, science systems, innovation and technology strategies, and funding towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In operationalizing recovery interventions, it is vital that Africa’s leaders, policymakers, and decision-makers do not return to “business as usual”— unsustainable economic growth, environmental degradation, and high levels of inequality and exclusion. In rebuilding, leaders should take a long-term and system innovation approach that focuses on people, crisis-resilience, and sustainable growth for transformative change, as articulated in Agenda 2063.
The expression “African Solutions for African problems” has become something of a cliché. It is frequently invoked when trying to develop effective solutions to address peace and security challenges on the continent. It is a phrase that has also been misused by some leaders to advance their interests while trying to avoid scrutiny of their actions in handling their own domestic peace and security challenges and invoking the phrase in an effort to engage the African Union (AU) to provide a face-saving mechanism which perhaps they hope to influence.
During the COVID-19 crisis ACCORD’s analysis is focused on the impact of the pandemic on conflict and resilience in Africa.
Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Handout by Sehat Kahani
- Innovative solutions have been developed across Africa and Asia to deal with the increasing demand for health workers and services due to COVID-19.
- These include the use of drones, solar-powered freezers and utilizing Pakistan’s unemployed doctors.
- In a pandemic, these solutions can be the deciding factor between effectively managing the virus and not.