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GOVERNANCE IMPROVEMENT
Handed down by European colonizers, current political and governance structures in Africa have not always functioned as expected, and have often resulted in many horrors and much suffering in Africa. Furthermore, Europe, for better or worse, continues to play a key role in Africa’s development. AEF works to research and discuss how to improve the framework for international cooperation between the two continents and their peoples.

 Africa’s political map and governance systems are a product of the efforts and institutions of its former European colonizers. These colonizers partitioned the countries, and the new national leaders have patterned their countries after European institutions, building on the structures they inherited at independence.

Europe continues to play a crucial role in influencing economic opportunities in Africa. At times, Europe’s support or lack of it on any project in many African countries proves decisive. One of the best examples of European initiatives is the Paris Declaration on development partnership that was meant to provide the basis for increased quantum and quality of donor contributions to poor countries. Since Africa is home to 70 percent of the world’s least developed countries, the continent has become a major actor and potential beneficiary from the largesse of rich countries. Unfortunately, in spite of the many good things that can be said about the Paris Declaration and program of action, it is unfortunately unlikely to have the desired outcome because of its over-ambitious stance on governance reform.

AEF’s activities include research, training,  and consulting assignments in Africa and Europe. With time, results of outstanding or landmark studies that have the potential for changing the relationship between Europe and Africa will be published in full or in abridged form.

 


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