Hybrid Africa-Europe Civil Society Conference 2020
16 October 2020

About

In 2021, the African and European Heads of State and Government will meet in Brussels to adopt a new strategy that guides the partnership between our two continents for the years to come. Although the AU-EU Summit was meant to take place this October and become a highlight of Germany ́s current EU Council Presidency, its postponement to next year provides the chance for civil society to set its own priorities for an inclusive, fair and sustainable partnership.

As one of the few political actors engaged from the grassroots to the international level, civil society can meaningfully contribute to the Africa-Europe Partnership by providing innovative insights based on the realities of the people on both continents.

With civil society being an important bridge between the distant AU- EU policy processes and the well-being of people on the ground, our conference will provide the space to develop new civil society approaches for a revised Joint Africa-Europe Strategy that actually helps to improve people ́s living conditions.

The policy fields in which Africa and Europe would both benefit from closer collaboration and a fair partnership are constantly increasing: They include the need for radical climate change measures; equitable trade relations; rural development and nutrition; functioning social protection and health care systems; the creation of legal migration routes; intergenerational and gender justice, among others.

The Africa-Europe Civil Society Conference 2020 will demonstrate in practical terms that the partnership between Africa and Europe is more than just a formal process between governments. With digital instruments enabling intercontinental cooperation and inclusion even in times of a pandemic, we invite you to be part of a unique African- European civil society exchange.

Livestream

Agenda

09:30amArrival and registration
10:00amWelcome remarks and film screening
“Smart but fair: Make digitalisation work for all”
(VENRO short film produced by Andreas Ridder and Patrick Waldmann)
Dr Bernd Bornhorst, Chairman of the Board, VENRO
10:20amPresentation of the results of the Africa-Europe Civil Society Survey
Dr Steffen de Sombre, Head of Projects, Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research
10:40amKeynotes and panel discussion: Creating innovation and mutual benefits for the Africa-Europe partnership
Keynotes:
Jutta Urpilainen, European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships
H.E. Mr. Jestas Abuok Nyamanga, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania and Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States
Panel discussion with:
Sophia Bachmann, German Youth Delegate for Sustainable Development
Abu Brima, Director, Network Movement for Justice and Development Sierra Leone
H.E. Jestas Abuok Nyamanga, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania and Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States
Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Member of the EU Parliament for Renew, Vice Chair of the Committee on Development and EP Rapporteur on the EU-Africa Strategy
Followed by Q&A
12:30pmLunch break
1:30pmCivil society driving change: New ideas for a fair and sustainable partnership between Africa and Europe
Interactive African-European Workshops – see Annex I
3:30pmCoffee break
4:00pmThe Trio Presidency of the Council of the EU:
A reliable partner for Africa?

Martin Jäger, State Secretary, German Federal
Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Tone Kajzer, State Secretary, Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Rita Leote, Executive Director, Portuguese Non- Governmental Development Organizations Platform (Plataforma Portuguesa das ONGD)
Jane Nalunga, Director, The Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) – Uganda
Teresa Ribeiro, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs
and Cooperation, Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Followed by Q&A
5:30pmHighlights of the conference
Mathias Mogge
, Deputy Chairman of the Board, VENRO
5:45pmReception
Facilitation: Natasha Walker
Supporting Facilitation: Maxime Tribolet

Workshops

  1. Gender equality (EN)
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  2. Rural development (EN/FR/PT)
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  3. Climate justice (EN)
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  4. Global learning (EN)
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  5. Anti-corruption, illicit financial flows and illicit assets (EN)
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  6. Peace and fragility (EN)
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  7. Localisation of humanitarian aid (EN)
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  8. Social protection (EN)
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  9. Health (EN)
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  10. Youth and intergenerational equality (EN)
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  11. Climate justice (FR)
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  12. Rural development and nutrition (FR)
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Speakers

Sophia Bachmann

Sophia Bachmann is German Youth Delegate for Sustainable Development since 2019.

After her voluntary service in Peru in the field of ecological agriculture and reforestation, she started her studies of social and economic sciences in the University of Erfurt.

As the UN Youth Delegate for Sustainable Development, she represents the interests and wishes from young people living in Germany at UN sustainability conferences. Ms Bachmann is also engaged in the Scout Movement and in the movement of International Young Nature Friends.

She currently works as a student assistant at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies.

Dr Bernd Bornhorst

Dr Bernd Bornhorst is chairman of the board at VENRO and head of the department Politics and Global Future Issues at MISEREOR.

Between 2009 and 2013, he was the Deputy Chairman of the VENRO Advisory Board.

Abu Brima

Abu Brima is the Executive Director at the Network Movement for Justice and Development in Sierra Leone.

The Network Movement for Justice and Development is a national non-governmental organisation working for a just and self-reliant Sierra Leone where women, men, youth, persons with disabilities, children and communities live in dignity without fear and discrimination, especially on grounds of sex, faith, socio-economic and political status.

H.E. Mr. Jestas Abuok Nyamanga, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania and Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States

H.E. Mr. Jestas Abuok Nyamanga, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania and Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States

Ambassador Nyamanga is a career diplomat who has served his country remarkably for over 20 years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and abroad, after beginning his diplomatic career in 1999 as Third Secretary in the Foreign Service of his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He then rose through the ranks of the diplomatic hierarchy to become Minister Plenipotentiary in 2013.

Over the course of his career, he has held the posts of Head of Chancery at the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in Cairo, Egypt and Assistant Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Department of Regional Cooperation and Multilateral Cooperation, where he was responsible for issues pertaining to International Development Cooperation. He also served as Coordinator in the Office of the Chief Secretary of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Cabinet Assistant Secretary in the Office of the President, with responsibility for matters relating to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security.

Most recently, from April 2018 until his recent appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Republic of Tanzania, he held the post of Director of the Department of Europe and the Americas at his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation.

Martin Jäger

Martin Jäger is State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development since March 2018.

Before, Mr Jäger served from 2016 to 2018 as State Secretary in the Ministry of the Interior, Digitisation and Migration in Baden-Württemberg.

Between 2014 and 2016, he served as Head of Political Staff and Spokesperson to the Minister in the Federal Ministry of Finance. Mr Jäger also served in the Federal Foreign Office as German Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014.

Tone Kajzer

Tone Kajzer is State Secretary in the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Between 2013 and 2018, Mr Kajzer served as Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Denmark. In addition, he non-residentially covered the entire Nordic region (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland), including Estonia and Lithuania until the beginning of 2016. Prior to that, Tone Kajzer was State Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia in 2012.

Rita Morgado Leote

Rita Morgado Leote is the Executive Director at the Portuguese Non-Governmental Development Organizations Platform (Plataforma Portuguesa das ONGD) since 2007.

Mrs Leote holds a master’s degree in Development Studies and a postgraduate degree in Social and Solidarity Economy.

Between 2004 and 2014, she acquired in-depth experience in international development cooperation with a focus on lusophone countries. She has collaborated with several Portuguese NGOs and was responsible for the implementation of different cooperation projects in Angola, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau.

Mathias Mogge

Mathias Mogge is Deputy Chairman at VENRO since 2019 and Welthungerhilfe’s Chairman and Secretary General since September 2018.

Since 1998, Mr Mogge has held different positions at Welthungerhilfe. Between 2005 and 2010, he headed their section Knowledge, Innovation and Consulting. In the period of 2001 and 2005, Mr Mogge was regional coordinator in Bamako, Mali. Here, he was responsible for the programme management in Mali, Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Before that, from 1998 to 2001, he was country spokesman and programme manager for projects in Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan.

Jane Nalunga

Jane Nalunga is the Director of The Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) in Uganda.

She is an expert on various types of trade, tax and investment policies and agreements. Mrs Nalunga holds a seat on several national policy-making bodies and advises governments and parliaments on trade, tax and investment-related matters.

She has over 20 years’ experience in policy research, analysis and advocacy, having authored different policy-oriented studies and articles.

Teresa Ribeiro

Teresa Ribeiro is State Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mrs Ribeiro was State Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the XXI Portuguese Government and Deputy Secretary-General for Energy at the Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona from 2013 to 2015.

Between 2008 and 2009, she served as State Secretary for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal. Teresa Ribeiro has held different positions in international relations in Portuguese institutions and has extensive experience working with the European Union.

Mrs Ribeiro was Administrator at AICEP (Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade of Portugal). She was Director-General at the Institute for Communication and Media, where
she also served as Director of International Affairs.

Dr Steffen de Sombre

Dr Steffen de Sombre is Head of Projects in the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research.

After completing his diploma in sociology, Dr de Sombre initially worked in industry for six years before finishing his PhD at the University of Zurich in 2004.

Since 2005, he works as a project manager at the Allensbach Institute. His focus lies on social, market and media research. In the past years he has headed various projects on the perception and attitudes of different political actors towards development cooperation.

Jutta Urpilainen

Jutta Urpilainen is the European Commissioner for International Partnerships since 2019.

Before that, Mrs Urpilainen served as Finnish Foreign Minister’s Special Representative on Mediation from 2017 to 2019. She was a Member of the Finnish Parliament’s Committee for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Finnish Group in the Inter-Parliamentary Union from 2015 to 2019. Between 2015 and 2018, Mrs Urpilainen chaired the Finnish National Commission for UNESCO.

Mrs Urpilainen was the first female chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland, which she led from 2008 to 2014. From 2011 to 2014, she was the Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Finance of Finland.

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou is a Member of the European Parliament for La République En Marche! (LREM) and part of the for Renew Europe Group since 2019. She serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Development and Rapporteur on the EU-Africa Strategy.

In addition, Mrs Zacharopoulou is part of the Parliament’s delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. She is also member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Cancer, the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights, the European Parliament Intergroup on Disability, and of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.

The project „Towards an open, fair and sustainable Europe in the world – EU Presidency Project 2020-2022“ is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs (VENRO), the Portuguese Non-Governmental Development Organizations Platform (Plataforma Portuguesa das ONGD), the Slovenian NGO Platform for Development, Global Education and Humanitarian Aid (SLOGA), and the European NGO confederation for relief and development (CONCORD).