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News announcement23 September 2020Directorate-General for International Partnerships

Health, welfare, and prosperity: an EU-Africa partnership for a people-centered approach to human development


As Africa and Europe seek to re-set their partnership, Friends of Europe is engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders across both continents to understand the long-term vision and the converging and diverging priorities at the heart of this new cooperation.

Africa and Europe have a shared interest and much to gain from one another in accelerating the progress of the global agenda for sustainable development and working together to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The health crisis has revealed the vulnerability and fragility of growth models across both continents whilst at the same time showcasing the power that digital technologies, robust industries, innovation ecosystems and integrated digital economies can have in building resilience and finding solutions to current and future shocks.

Through its “Debating Africa-EU” series, Friends of Europe is collaborating with the EU to engage its partners and the new EU College of Commissioners around their vision and priorities for EU-Africa cooperation. In response to the Joint Communication, Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa, this series serves as a consultative exercise for stakeholders and partners from both continents to voice their perspectives on the future of the relationship. Following the first three debates of 30 June, 10 September, and 17 September, the fourth ‘In Conversation With’ in this series takes place on September 24 with the European Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, and the African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs, H.E. Amira Mohammed El Fadil. The strategic focus of the discussion will be on “Health, welfare, and prosperity: an EU-Africa partnership for a people-centred approach to human development”.


Publication date
23 September 2020
Directorate-General for International Partnerships