The new Africa-EU partnership and the role of Finland and Sweden

– A webinar hosted by Hanaholmen – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre and The Nordic Africa Institute

Venue: Digital

Date: 18 March 2021
15.00-16.00 EET (Finland)
14.00-15.00 CET (Sweden)

A discussion on current topics with Liselott Lindström, Africa correspondent, Elina Kalkku, Under-Secretary of State, Development Policy, Finland, Janine Alm Ericson, Secretary of State for International Development Cooperation, Sweden and Sandra Kramer, Director, EU Directorate-General for International partnerships.

The world’s perception of Africa is changing, as Africa’s confidence on the world stage is growing. In the Africa strategy of the EU, there is talk about a new kind of partnership, but what is the role of Finland and Sweden in the new relationship that the EU is now trying to establish with Africa? Will European politicians manage to change outdated ways of relating to the continent? Does Africa even need the EU any more as there are other actors on the world arena that are creating close ties with the continent of the future? What kind of damage has earlier policies of the EU towards Africa caused as far as the social contract is concerned, and has traditional development cooperation in fact undermined it?

Policy note: Redefining the social contract in Africa

The webinar is arranged by Hanaholmen – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre in cooperation with the Nordic Africa Institute.

Language: English

The event is free of charge, but you need to register in advance.
Please do so no later than 18.3.2021 at 10.50 EET (Finnish time), 9.50 CET (Swedish time) through the link below.