The Nordic Africa Institute


The Nordic contribution to EU-Africa cooperation in times of threatened multilateralism

Time • 30 Nov 2020 14:00 - 16:00
Place • Webinar

A two-part discussion hosted by Hanaholmen Culture Center and The Nordic Africa Institute.

The Roundtable live stream will start here 30 November 14:00 CET

In March this year, the European Commission released its communication Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa. Under Ursula von der Leyen, the Commission prioritises partnerships for green transition, digital transformation, sustainable growth, peace and governance, and migration and mobility.

But the dynamics within the EU external relations, the rise of populist nationalism, and the assertiveness of Africa’s self-image with emergent powers seeking increased influence there, present a complex background for a new direction for EU-Africa cooperation.

So how can the Nordics contribute to a genuine conversation on equal terms between the Europeans and Africans, and how can European policies be informed by African perspectives, values and realities?

The Hanaholmen Culture Centreexternal link, opens in new window and the Nordic Africa Institute will host a two-part event to discuss the Nordic multi-level partnership with Africa, and identify areas and ways in which the Nordics can contribute to the future of EU-Africa relations.

The Roundtable, on 30 November, will bring together thought-leaders from Africa and the Nordics to examine the potential and value of a Nordic contribution to the EU-Africa relationship, and to explore ways to engage in honest conversation about how the Nordics and Africa can benefit from each other’s experience and support each other’s priorities.


  • Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union
  • Adebayo Olukushi, Director, Africa and West Asia, International IDEA
  • Jakkie Cilliers, Chairman, ISS Board of Trustees, Head, African Futures and Innovation team
  • Eleanor Fisher, Professor, Head of Research, The Noridc Africa Institute
  • Sinikka Antila, EU Ambassador to Namibia
  • Geert Laporte, Deputy Director, ECPDM, and Director, European Think Tanks Group (ETTG)
  • Amanda Hammar, Professor, University of Copenhagen, and President, European African Studies Association (AEGIS)
  • Torbjörn Pettersson, diplomat, former Ambassador of Sweden to Ethiopia, the AU and IGAD


  • Therese Sjömander Magnusson, Director, The Nordic Africa Institute

The Ministerial dialogue, on 18 March 2021, will focus on Finland’s and Sweden’s priorities and strategies within the EU-Africa relationship, and how to make best use of a joint Nordic approach - especially when discussing central and overarching issues such as democratic governance and the continuous evolution of the social contract - as the new EU-Africa partnership is being built.

  • Jutta Urpilainen, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships
  • Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development and International Trade, Finland
  • Peter Eriksson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden

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