Invitation EU-Africa webinar #2

Bild: Together towards justainability von FES / Anne Lehmann

EU’s new finance instruments: NDICI and democracy promotion in Sub-Saharan-Africa

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 3:30-5 pm CEST (Webinar via Zoom)


Dear Sir or Madam,

the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's (FES) Africa Department and EU Office cordially invite you to the second webinar in our  series "What’s the offer? A new partnership between Europe and Africa". In the first webinar we discussed the ongoing renewal of the partnership between Europe and Africa and the impacts of the pandemic on it. In case you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

In 2020, the nature of the cooperation between the European Union and Africa is being negotiated and might profoundly change: a new EU-Sahel Strategy, a new EU-Africa Strategy, the EU-AU summit in autumn, the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, the development of new finance instruments – all against the background of a shaky multilateralism an the challenges posed by the corona crisis. An opportunity to raise the partnership to »a new level«? An opportunity to address not only issues such as security, migration, hunger and poverty but also sustainability, the empowerment of women and youth and fair trade?

Political factors such as democracy and human rights seem to have become secondary in the current discussion on the new partnership between the two continents. Besides the fact that democracy is advocated as closely interrelated with economic development and peace, in times of crisis, the support of democratic structures is as relevant as ever. Worldwide, democracy is under pressure and challenged by other systems. The current pandemic poses even more challenges to democratic freedoms. However, EU democracy promotion is often criticized as being quite technocratic and inflexible. The current programming of the new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) may offer the opportunity to change this. The idea of NDICI is to increase coherence between the different external funding instruments by taking a more holistic approach. This webinar will hence try to find answers to the question of what’s the offer in the context of this new instrument and what does it imply for the new partnership between the two continents in terms of democracy (promotion)?



Discussion with:

  • Maria Arena, Member of the European Parliament, S&D Group, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights
  • George Mukundi, Adjunct Professor, Public Law Department, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town and former  Head, African Governance Architecture (AGA) Secretariat
  • Nathan Vandeputte, Researcher at the Centre for EU Studies, Ghent University


  • Marco Schwarz, FES EU Office
  • Anne Felmet, FES Africa Department

Please register here by 15 May 2020. Log-in details will be communicated right before the session. Simultaneous interpretation for English and French will be provided.



Webinar Programme

12 May, 2pm – 3.30pm  #1 | Kick-Off ­­| What’s the offer? Expectations on the EU-Africa Year (You can watch the recording here)

19 May, 3.30pm – 5pm  #2 | New Finance Instruments | NDICI and Democracy Promotion

26 May, 2pm – 3.30pm  #3 | New Finance Instruments | The EU External Investment Plan

2 June, 2pm – 3.30pm  #4 | New Finance Instruments | The European Peace Facility

9 June, 2pm – 3.30pm  #5 | Wrap up and way ahead | Targeted Policy Advice


We are looking forward to your participation.

Kind regards

Anne Felmet
Africa Department
Hiroshimastr. 17
D-10785 Berlin
+49 30 26935-7436

Daniela Iller
FES EU Office
Rue du Taciturne 38
BE-1000 Brussels
+32 22 34 62 90



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