Making policies work

Our programmes

We strategically focus our work through five programmes: European External Affairs, African Institutions and Regional Dynamics, Migration, Security and Resilience, Economic and Agricultural Transformation. These programmes don’t operate in isolation. They are intertwined, working towards a common set of results and impact.


European External Affairs


The European Union (EU) is dealing with a number of challenges close to home, while at the same time seeking to play a more significant global role. Our European External Affairs programme wants to help the EU institutions and member states in working towards coherent and effective international cooperation, particularly with Africa.

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African Institutions and Regional Dynamics


The African Union (AU), its member states and the numerous regional blocs across the African continent all develop and implement policies promoting Africa’s socio-economic development. Our African Institutions and Regional Dynamics programme works to help African institutions and regions pursue that goal.

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Migration


Migration and mobility can stimulate development as drivers of social and economic change, but they also pose significant challenges. Our Migration programme wants to help tackle these challenges, making use of the potential of migration for global development and improving cooperation between Europe and Africa.

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Security and Resilience


African and European institutions are torn between managing urgent crises and tackling the structural causes and consequences of violent conflict. Our Security and Resilience programme works to support development of effective and sustainable ways to prevent conflict and build peace, and promotes strategic partnerships between Africa and Europe.

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Economic and Agricultural Transformation


Economic and agricultural transformation is central to many African and European development strategies. It can create more and better jobs, stimulate sustainable economic growth and tackle inequality. We want to help accomplish these goals. Our three programme teams focus on finance, trade and investment, the private sector and sustainable food systems.

Trade, investment and finance
In Europe and Africa, a transition to sustainable economies is essential to prevent issues linked to poverty and environmental degradation from escalating, and to ward off major crises in the future. The trade, investment and finance team of the Economic and Agricultural Transformation programme wants to contribute to shaping policies that are sustainable, resilient and take into account the needs of the most vulnerable.

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Private sector engagement
A transition to socially and environmentally sustainable economies cannot be achieved without responsible businesses. The private sector engagement team of the Economic and Agricultural Transformation programme supports public and private actors to help shape policies, instruments and collaborative efforts that contribute to private sector development and put sustainability at the heart of production, development and trade.

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Sustainable food systems
Our food systems struggle to provide the growing global population with affordable, healthy and nutritious foods. They also create livelihood stresses for producers and damage our natural environment. The sustainable food systems team of the Economic and Agricultural Transformation programme wants to help change that. We promote policies and investment to improve the sustainability and resilience of food systems in Africa and globally.

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