Why are we running this project?

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.

What are our goals?

The project "Political and economic development in Central Europe and Africa: shared learning from post-socialist countries" contributes to the academic dialog between European and African researchers.

How does the project work?

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), currently one of the most important think tanks in southern Africa. The two organizations bring together experts from Central Europe and sub-Saharan Africa in order to analyze current political and economic relations and best practices in transition and reform, support the exchange of information, develop networks and identify areas of cooperation. Two fellowships at Chatham House enable an academic exchange for researchers from Central Europe and from Africa.
Scientific contributions, exploration visits and events shall give growth to a network of experts, think tanks, and decision-makers from Europe and Africa. All initiatives strive to ensure a level playing field: both Europeans and Africans should learn and benefit from the experiences of their counterparts.