Making policies work

Faten Aggad-Clerx

  • African-led governance processes (African Governance Architecture, African Peer Review Mechanism)
  • North African political transitions and fight against terrorism
  • EU-Africa relations with a focus on the Joint EU-Africa strategy
  • Civil society development in Africa
  • South African foreign policy
  • African Union


Faten Aggad-Clerx is the Head of the African Institutions Programme at the European Centre for Development Policy Management in Maastricht. She is also a member of the Management Team.

Faten holds a Masters degree in International Relations, with a specialization in African Affairs, from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Throughout her career she has mainly worked in Africa and on Africa issues with a focus on governance and development.

Before joining ECDPM, she was a researcher and trainer on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg (SAIIA); a national consultant on regional integration and development for the Africa Forum under the leadership of former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano; A UNDP-contracted consultant for the Africa Forum in Pretoria and Maputo and a North Africa interim program coordinator at the Africa Institute of South Africa (SAIIA).

External publications and contributions

    Do we expect too much from election observation missions?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 26-02-2018

    Rising voices in Africa

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 23-04-2015

    Rising voices in Africa

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 23-04-2015

    Financing Development

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 22-09-2014

    Towards a 4G for Africa-Europe Relations

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 09-12-2013

    Faten Aggad-Clerx

    Head of Programme African Institutions




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