Finland/Africa Resource

AU-EU Collaboration Resources

This report presents the conclusions of the independent Expert Group on the "Follow-up to Rio+20, notably the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” that was established by the European Commission (EC) to provide advice on the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) for implementing the new global sustainable development agenda (2030 Agenda). The Group gives recommendations, both in terms of general policy orientations and concrete areas of engagement, for EU STI policy to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Europe and beyond, as well as for possible engagement in international initiatives concerning STI. It recommends the EU to capitalise on its Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, which is seeking to invest more than 60% of its budget for sustainable development and is fully open to international participation.

  • Roadmap towards a jointly funded EU-Africa Research & Innovation Partnership, with an initial focus on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture
    HLPD Expert Working Group, 2015
  • Investing in European Success - EU-Africa Cooperation in science, technology and innovation
    EC, 2015 
    Africa has also long been brimming with scientific and technological promise. This publication highlights some of many fascinating projects through which the EU and Africa are currently innovating side by side. Each one, an opportunity to learn from one another: paving the way for deeper, mutually beneficial cooperation in the future. The research set out in this booklet is revealing what we can learn from traditional African medicines, how we can collaborate to tap into gamma ray astronomy, how we can harness the desert sun to produce clean energy and even how we can bring Africa’s culinary diversity to European markets
  • Fourth EU-Africa Summit - Roadmap 2014-2017
    The summit confirmed the commitment of both continents to the objectives set out in the 2007 Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). In the 4th EU-Africa Summit, the leaders agreed that the implementation of the Joint Strategy should be further improved and that cooperation should be guided by a results-oriented approach. The Summit therefore adopted a roadmap to frame EU-Africa relations for 2014-2017. The roadmap covered 5 key priority areas for joint action: 
    • Peace and security
    • Democracy, good governance and human rights
    • Human Development
    • Sustainable and inclusive development and growth and continental integration
    • Global and emerging issues 

For each of these objectives, the roadmap details actions at interregional, continental or global levels which are expected to have a real impact on the people on both continents.

The STISA-2024 has been developed during an important period when the African Union was formulating a broader and long-term AU Agenda 2063. The STISA-2024 is the first of the ten-year incremental phasing strategies to respond to the demand for science, technology and innovatinon to impact across critical sectors such as agriculture, energy, environment, health, infrastructure development, mining, security and water among others. 


  • Mapping of Best Practice: Regional and Multi-country cooperative STI initiatives between Africa and Europe
    EC, 2014
    In response to the conclusions of the first meeting of the HLPD on Science, Technology and Innovation and also based on the objectives of the Joint Africa-EU strategy, the overall objective of this study is to assess existing bi-regional STI-cooperation initiatives and to identify successful, best practices models of cooperation between Africa and Europe, as well as to identify gaps and effective financial mechanisms that have a positive impact. The outcome will provide a base of evidence for policy choices and financing decisions for future cooperation and will form the basis of a new action plan for Africa-Europe STI-cooperation. 
  • Scientific and technological Cooperation between Africa and the European Union: Past Achievements and Future Prospects
    EC, 2009
    Today, entire economies are judged by the investment they make in education, science and technology, culture and innovation. Knowledge, particularly scientifically validated knowledge, is critical for turning the increasingly complex challenges society faces into opportunities for more sustainable development, achieving the Millennium Development Goals and implementing other joint commitments. Scientific relations between what is now the European Union and Africa date back more than 25 years to the launch of the first Science and Technology for Development Programme (STD) in 1983 and have steadily developed since. Under the 6th Research Framework Programme (FP6: 2002-2006), teams from 51 of the 53 African countries filed 3,888 applications for participation in research and other collaborative projects together with their peers from Europe and other continents. 873 of these applications from 39 African countries were successful and received funding of some €93 M.
  • The Africa-EU Strategic Partnership - A Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) 
    The Joint Africa-EU Strategy, which was adopted at the Lisbon Summit in 2007, constitutes the overarching long-term framework for Africa-EU relations. It is implemented through jointly identified priorities, which are of common interest to both the EU and Africa and significantly impact on the daily lives of citizens on both continents. The Africa-EU Partnership reflects the commitment of both sides to work together on a strategic, equal, and long-term footing.
    The Partnership aims to:
    • Reinforce political relations between Africa and the EU and jointly address global common challenges such as climate change, the protection of the environment, or peace and security. Through joint positions Africa and Europe have more weight in global fora;
    • Expand Africa-EU cooperation into promising new areas of common interest such as governance and human rights, trade and regional integration, energy, climate change, migration, mobility and employment, or science, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and space applications;
      Facilitate and promote a broad-based and wide-ranging people-centered partnership by ensuring the effective participation of civil society and the private sector and by delivering direct benefits for African and European citizens.

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