16.10.2020, Hybrid Conference (Online/Berlin)

Civil Society Driving Change: Towards a New Quality of the Africa-Europe Partnership


This hybrid conference will take place both physically and virtually


9:30am-6pm CET

Hotel Ameron Berlin,

Alt-Moabit 99, 10559 Berlin

In 2021, the African and European Heads of State and Government will meet in Brussels to adopt a new strategy that guides the partnership between our two continents for the years to come. Although the AU-EU Summit was meant to take place this October and become a highlight of Germany ́s current EU Council Presidency, its postponement to next year provides the chance for civil society to set its own priorities for an inclusive, fair and sustainable partnership.

With civil society being an important bridge between the distant AU-EU policy processes and the wellbeing of people on the ground, our conference will provide the space to develop new civil society approaches for a revised Joint Africa-Europe Strategy that actually helps to improve people´s living conditions.  

The policy fields in which Africa and Europe would both benefit from close collaboration and a fair partnership are constantly increasing: They include the need for radical climate change reduction and adaptation measures; strengthening local and sustainable value chains to improve income; rural development and the shift towards a green agriculture; functioning social protection and health care systems; the creation of legal migration routes; intergenerational and gender justice, among others.  

The Africa-Europe Civil Society Conference 2020 will demonstrate in practical terms that the partnership between Africa and Europe is more than just a formal process between governments. With digital instruments enabling intercontinental cooperation and inclusion even in times of a pandemic, we invite you to be part of a unique African-European civil society exchange.

Our keynote speakers and panellists include:  

  • Jutta Urpilainen (European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships);
  • Georges Chikoti (Secretary General, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States);
  • Martin Jäger (State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development);
  • Teresa Ribeiro (State Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs);
  • Tone Kajzer (State Secretary, Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs);
  • as well as Jane Nalunga (Director, The Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute – Uganda).

Facilitation: Natasha Walker



You may choose to either join us virtually or physically in Berlin. The participation in the conference is free of charge. Please observe that due to COVID-19 social distancing measures the physical participation in the conference will be limited to 100 participants and travel expenses cannot be covered.

Strict social distancing and hygiene measures will be applied during the event. Sanitisers and masks will be provided.  

Kindly note that a face mask must be worn whenever you are not seated.  




We kindly ask for a binding registration by 9 October 2020.

- Online participants please register here

- Participants who will attend in person please register here


Please find the conference programme here and logistical as well as workshop information here

If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Wegner (afrika@venro.org).