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Africa/USA – Major Power Rivalry in Africa (CFR)

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.

Virtual Roundtable: Major Power Rivalry in Africa | Council on Foreign Relations (cfr.org)

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Africa – Africa’s “Model T” Business Model (Efosa Ojomo, Lincoln Wilcox, Project-Syndicate)

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Africa’s “Model T” Business Model by Efosa Ojomo & Lincoln Wilcox – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Africa – What shifting foreign investment patterns mean for Africa’s recovery (WEF)

Figure 1. FDI inflows and GVC participation

Image: Authors’ calculations using UNCTAD FDI and EORA Statistics. Total share of global FDI inflows.

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What shifting foreign investment means for Africa’s recovery | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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Africa/Europe – Africa and Europe: Collaboration for clean water for all (Chatham House)

Participants

Keynote presentations:

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

Speakers:

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

Chairs:

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.

Africa and Europe: Collaboration for clean water for all (chathamhouse.org)

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Africa – Emerging Lessons on AI-Enabled Health Care (ACET)

Klaus Tilmes

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.

https://acetforafrica.org/publications/covid-19-essays-on-innovation-and-recovery-for-africa/emerging-lessons-on-ai-enabled-health-care/

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Africa – Science Systems, COVID-19, and Agenda 2063 (ACET)

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.

Science Systems, COVID-19, and Agenda 2063

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Africa – Strengthening Partnerships for African Solutions for African problems: Implications for peace support operations (ACCORD)

Hanna Serwaa Tetteh

 

 

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.

Strengthening Partnerships for African Solutions for African problems: Implications for peace support operations

 

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Africa – COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 26 May 2021 (ACCORD)

Andrea PrahCedric de Coning

During the COVID-19 crisis ACCORD’s analysis is focused on the impact of the pandemic on conflict and resilience in Africa.

COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 26 May 2021

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Pandemic/Asia/Africa – How Asia and Africa are finding innovative ways to plug the COVID-19 health gaps (WEF)

A nurse links a pregnant woman up to a doctor at a Sehat Kahani clinic in Pakistan.

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.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/05/asian-african-entrepreneurs-covid19-health-gaps-tech-solutions/

 

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Africa – Figure of the Week: Closing the gender gap to reduce food insecurity in Africa (Brookings)

Tamara White

In April of this year, the Oxford Business group released its “Agriculture in Africa 2021: Focus Report”.

Figure of the Week: Closing the gender gap to reduce food insecurity in Africa