EU-Africa Relations in a Changing Global Order (ERGO)

European Union – Africa Relations in a Changing Global Order (ERGO) is a research activity carried out as a Jean Monnet Project with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Africa has enjoyed a new prominence in the 21st century. Institutions such as the African Union have capitalised on this status by broadening relations with the result of the world, including members of the rising Global South. Questions have subsequently been asked about the continued relevance of relations with the Global North in a seemingly changing global order. For some people, the EU and its Member States represent a past order, while partnerships with emerging powers China, India and Brazil represent the future. Yet this assumption is not a given. What is more certain is that we are in a state of flux which has challenged Africa’s relationships, new and old. The impetus here is, therefore, to “re-examine” EU-Africa relations in this changing global order. The objective of this proposed project is to bring together top academics, policy makers and political observers to explore how EU-Africa relations can best be understood today in light of a changing global order, highlighting innovations and challenges, and how the partnership can be updated in key areas such as security, trade, migration, development of climate change. Particular focus will be placed on engaging ‘African voices’ – hitherto the least present voices in the debate on EU-Africa relations. ERGO’s main activities were two international workshops as well as a larger one-day open conference, all held in Pretoria. These brought together academics, students, policymakers, practitioners, stakeholders and other members of civil society from across the continent and beyond.

The key outputs are published as a special issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs as well as in a number of policy-relevant publications. The project was carried out with the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) and served to promote the Jean Monnet Programme and EU studies across Africa.

Project number: 574837-EPP-1-2016-1-ZA-EPPJMO-PROJECT

Contact: esassa.up@gmail.com

ERGO Policy Day 29 November 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ERGO First workshop programme July 2017
ERGO Second Workshop November 2017
EU Africa Policy Day programme Nov 29 2017

Seminar Report: “Africa-EU Cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s 2030 Agenda – An ESA-SSA Interactive Seminar”

Participants of the ESA-SSA Seminar

More than forty participants from different academic departments and professional backgrounds attended an interactive seminar held on 11 June 2018 at GovInn headquarters in Old College House, University of Pretoria, focusing on ”Africa-EU Cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s 2030 Agenda”. The event was organized by the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA). The seminar aimed at analyzing Africa-EU relations of current dispensation to synthesize investment and policy action for the achievement of sustainable development goals on Africa’s ‘recipes’. The seminar considered strategic techniques on how to take advantage of the challenges and opportunities currently available to Africa to customize and prioritize its investments towards achieving the SDGs on the continent. Among other things, relevant youth empowerment and maximizing the strength in multidisciplinary research approaches to proffer solutions to various development problems in Africa with partnership support of the EU were emphasized as keys to achieving sustainable future on the continent. The significance of open lab design philosophy in the conduct and timely application of research solutions to developmental challenges in Africa was stressed.

Presenting at the seminar were Prof. Willem Fourie, UP Associate Professor and the Co-ordinator of the South African SDG Hub; Manuel Iglesias, First Counsellor and Team Leader at the Governance Cooperation and Social Sectors department of the EU Delegation to South Africa as well as two PhD scholars: Dola Adeboye from the Food Science Department, University of Pretoria and Felix Donkor from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (UNISA), South Africa. The event was opened with a warm welcome by Dr Chris Nshimbi, the acting GovInn Director and coordinated by Dickson Ajisafe, the ESA-SSA Secretariat Coordinator.

Serving as Volunteers at the seminar were Francois Gilles de Pelichy, Bridget Meso, AneLisa Mbonambi, David Kabwa from Political Science Department and Anthonia Dickson from Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

This report was compiled by Mr Dickson Ajisafe for ESA-SSA.

GovInn and ESA-SSA at European Union in International Affairs 2018 (#EUIA18) – Brussels, Belgium

GovInn and ESA-SSA at EUIA

This year, the sixth conference on the European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) took place once again at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Brussels (Belgium). Over 300 members of the academic community gathered in the centre of the European city from 16 to 18 May 2018.

As in the previous 2016 edition, GovInn was well represented with a delegation comprising research fellows John Kotsopoulos and Frank Mattheis. For the European Studies Association of Sub-Sahara Africa (ESA-SSA) the two researchers organised a panel on rethinking EU-Africa relations, which was well-attended and covered in social media. In addition to presenting their research stemming from GovInn’s research project “EU-Africa Relations in a Changing Global Order (ERGO)”, the two researchers also served as discussants in this and another panel. The full programme can be found on the conference website.

The conference was also an ideal venue to advertise the ESA-SSA network to new members and to advance collaboration plans, ranging from joint future workshops to a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding in the making between the University of Marburg(Germany), the Catholic University of East Africa (Kenya) and GovInn.

The EUIA Conference is organised every two years by the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles(IEE-ULB), the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel(IES-VUB), theUnited Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies(UNU-CRIS) and Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations.

Reflections on Sixty Years of the European Union in Africa

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa are delighted to invite you to a Roundtable Discussion entitled: Reflections on Sixty Years of the European Union in Africa

FINAL 60th anniversary event UP EU
ESASSA

CALL FOR PAPERS: Workshop on Broadening the debate on EU-Africa relations – perspectives from Africa July 19-20, 2017

The European Studies Association of Sub Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) is organising a workshop on “Broadening the debate on EU-Africa relations – perspectives from Africa”, scheduled to take place from 19-20 July, 2017, at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) in Pretoria, South Africa. Our aim is to prioritise African voices and perspectives about the EU-Africa relationship, particularly in light of changes to the global order. We are interested in exploring underrepresented areas of the relationship as well as examining traditional issues from different or unconventional perspectives.

For more information on this call for papers, see the document below:

FINAL Call for papers ERGO

 

ESA-SSA IN GERMANY

We are proud to announce that ESA-SSA Executive Committee member and GovInn Associate Fellow, Dickson Ajisafe, has begun exchange studies at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Mr Ajisafe is the first non-South African student to participate in this ERASMUS + mobility programme from the University of Pretoria and in fact the first student from West Africa (Nigeria) to ever be accepted under the auspices of this programme at the University of Konstanz!

The University of Konstanz’s international exchange study mobility programme includes more than 300 top students from Africa, Asia, Middle East, Oceania, Latin America, South and North America. The. The University of Konstanz is ranked among the top universities in Germany, renown for research output and academic excellence. Since 2001, the University of Konstanz has maintained cooperation with the University of Pretoria and one main activity within this partnership is the student exchange programme. Particular thanks must also be extended to Prof Stephan Muehr, the Director of the African and European Cultural Relations MA programme at UP, for facilitating the process.

Mr. Ajisafe will return to his MA studies at the University of Pretoria in March 2017. Members of GovInn and ESA-SSA wish him well as he flies the University of Pretoria flag high in Germany!

GovInn at EUIA

GovInn conference report: European Union in International Affairs 2016 (#EUIA16) – Brussels, Belgium

This year, the fifth biennial conference on the European Union in International Affairs, took place once again at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Brussels. Close to 400 members of the academic community gathered in the centre of the multi-facetted city from 11 to 13 May.
GovInn was well represented with a delegation comprising senior researchers Camilla Adelle, John Kotsopoulos and Frank Mattheis, as well as communication manager Gaia Manco. For the European Studies Association of Sub-Sahara Africa (ESA-SSA) the three researchers organised two panels on EU-Africa relations, which were well-attended both physically and virtually (with a strong social media presence). In addition, the researchers presented their individual research in panels ranging from climate change to interregionalism. The full programme can be found on the conference website.
The day prior to the conference Frank Mattheis also gave a seminar on Brazil in Africa at the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles for the GEM PhD school. The three GovInn researchers took further advantage of their trip to Belgium to participate in a workshop at the University of Ghent in preparation of joint projects proposals and activities with Prof. Jan Orbie and his team.

GovInn at EUIA

GovInn at EUIA

 

Report by Frank Mattheis, attending the conference on behalf of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), with support from the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles.

“Sport, Security and Language in African and European perspectives”

A Soft Student Seminar under the umbrella of the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) was held on the 16th of May, 2016, at Old College House, University of Pretoria. It was presided over by officials of the EU-Delegation to the Republic of South Africa, led by the Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to South Africa, Ms Sofia Moreira de Sousa. Members of the EU Delegation who also participated in the seminar included, Arno Schaefer, Mano Queiro and Carmelo Cocuzza (European Investment Bank regional representative for Southern Africa).

The seminar was held to mark the European Union Anniversary and its focuses included EU and Africa relations, as well as sport, security and language in African and European Perspectives. Ms Sofia reacting to questions on Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreements (TDCA) in Africa said that part of the objectives of the EU and Africa relations, making reference to South Africa in particular is to build a stable country that is economically developed, that would be able to invest in Europe and create a safe place for European investments in the country.

Among the academics of the seminar panels were: Dr. Chris Nshimbi, GovInn Deputy Director, who gave the opening remarks, representing Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti, Dr John Kotsopoulos, a postdoctoral and Senior Research Fellow at GovInn, Dr. George Dosumu, who represented Dr. Samuel Adeyemo, a Senior Lecturer at Educational Management and Policy Studies’ department. The seminar was also attended by a good number of UP students from various departments and moderated by ESA-SSA student members.

 

 

EU-Africa dinner at the EUIA conference in Brussels

Members of the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) met in Brussels on 12 May for a special EU -Africa dinner. This event took place during the European Union in International Affairs Conference, 11-13 May 2016 and was attended by GovInn senior researchers Camilla Adelle, John Kotsopoulos and Frank Mattheis

“Sport, Security and Language in African and European perspectives”

Student members of the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) are pleased to announce their soft seminar to mark the European Union’s anniversary. Entitled “Sport, Security and Language in African and European perspectives” the seminar will explore sports migration from Africa to Europe, the multi-linguistic model of the European Union and its applicability to African regional and sub regional organisations as well as the challenges posed to Europe by radicalism and terrorism. The event will take place on Monday the 16 May 2016 in the seminar room at Old College House. GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti will provide opening remarks and guest speakers include GovInn senior research fellow John Kotsopoulos, Sofia Moeira de Sousa (Deputy head of the EU delegation to South Africa) Angelo Fick (ENCA current affairs and news analyst) and Dr. Samuel Adeyemo (senior lecturer at the Department of Education & management policy studies, UP).

 

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Date: Monday 16 May 2016

Time: 14:00-16:00

Venue: Seminar room, Old College House, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria