Political and Economic Development in Central Europe and Africa
Shared learning from post-socialist countries
During the Cold War, close ties between African and Central European countries were maintained. Over the last 25 years, the once socialist countries on both continents went through similar transformations, but there have been fewer points of contact and no targeted exchange since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Current challenges such as migration, international security, questions of governance, and economic factors are now revealing the importance of closer relationships.
The project "Political and economic development in Central Europe and Africa: shared learning from post-socialist countries" is aimed at strengthening European-African dialog. At the center of it all is Chatham House (CH), one of Europe’s leading think tanks, as well as the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg, currently one of the most important think tanks in the southern Africa. As part of contact trips and round-table discussions, the two organizations bring experts from Central Europe and sub-Saharan Africa together in order to analyze current political and economic relationships. Furthermore, two fellowships at Chatham House enable a scientist from Central Europe to make a research visit to Africa and allow a scientist from Africa to stay in Central Europe.
Scientific contributions, contact trips, events, and fellowships create a network of experts, think tanks, and decision-makers from Europe and Africa. All initiatives are based on the mutual exchange of knowledge and experience and meeting on a level playing field: both Europeans and Africans should learn and benefit from the experiences of their counterparts.