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African Futures 2030 Task Force

13 December 2019

OBJECTIVES OF THE TASK FORCE

The main objective of this Task Force is to explore trends affecting the future of Africa in the next ten years, emphasising challenges and opportunities for policymaking. The Task Force was launched in Paris, France on 14 November 2019, and will hold its final conference in Pretoria, South Africa in late 2020, where the final report will be presented.

OVERARCHING THEME

The geographical focus of the Task Force is Africa as a whole, from Cape Town to Algiers. The process of continental economic integration is identified as a key trend that will drive transformations in Africa by 2030, and hence the overarching theme of the Task Force. On that account, the final report will focus specifically on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as a step towards deeper economic integration, and key drivers that will have an impact on its implementation by 2030, including climate change, demographics and urbanisation, stability and conflict dynamics, regional dynamics, digitalisation.

VALUE PROPOSITION

Based on integrated data analysis and strategic foresight methodology, the final report should then provide European and African policymakers with useful options to mitigate the risks and maximise opportunities of free trade and economic integration in Africa in the next ten years, contributing to reshape EU-Africa relations, while taking into account new geopolitical realities and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Alongside the analytical work, the Task Force will organise activities aimed at fostering knowledge exchange and interactions between experts and policymakers.  

RESULTS

Overall, the Task Force should achieve three main goals:

  • account for continental economic integration as one of the main trends affecting the future of Africa, and analyse the drivers that can trigger positive or negative transformation;
  • build a shared understanding of future trends in Africa, based on consultation and interaction between African and European research institutions;
  • provide policy and decision-makers in Europe and Africa with recommendations for policy innovation or adaptation, aimed at mitigating the negative impact of transformation and maximising the opportunities to foster shared and sustainable growth.

WORKING GROUPS

Contributions to the final report are structured in 9 working groups (WGs), which are led by the core partners of the Task Force.  

WG 1: ENVIRONMENT AND GREEN REVOLUTION
Led by the Development, Doctrine and Concept Centre

WG 2: CYBER AND DIGITALISATION
Led by Research ICT Africa

WG 3: CONFLICT TRENDS AND DRIVERS
Led by the EUISS

WG 4: ECONOMICS OF THE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND THE FUTURE OF WORK
Led by the Institute for Security Studies

WG 5: MOBILITY, URBANISATION AND BORDER GOVERNANCE
Led by the Institute for Peace and Security Studies – Addis Ababa University

WG 6: DISARMAMENT VS MILITARISATION
Led by the EUISS

WG 7: GOVERNANCE, SERVICES AND PUBLIC GOODS
Led by the Istituto Affari Internazionali

WG 8: ENERGY AND EXTRACTIVES
Led by Thinking Africa

WG 9: GEOPOLITICAL DYNAMICS
Led by the Institute for Peace and Security Studies – Addis Ababa University

Between January and June 2020, working groups will organise technical consultations with experts and stakeholders. For more information on the past events, visit the EUISS Africa page. The Task Force is coordinated by Dr Giovanni Faleg, Senior Analyst, EUISS.