human development, social justice and sustainable social systems
Webinar, 21 April
Pour les details de l’événement en français, cliquez ici
How can the new EU-Africa partnership take a balanced and sustainable approach to migration?
When the EU released its communication on a new comprehensive strategy with Africa in March 2020, building a ‘partnership of equals’ was at the heart of their proposal for the revitalised framework. In fact, in the long history of AU-EU relations, the first joint Africa-EU Strategy adopted back in 2007 had already emphasised the need to move “away from a traditional relationship” and to forge “a real partnership characterised by equality”. In Caritas’ view, to finally and successfully shift the paradigm and reshape EU-AU relations, one of the key conditions is that the new framework better incorporates African aspirations for migration – namely, promoting regular migration and the right to freedom of movement and building upon the positive side of migration.
In light of the upcoming 6th AU-EU summit, this virtual roundtable discussion aims at exploring the potential of the new EU-Africa partnership in placing emphasis on African aspirations, on regular migration, and on long-term sustainable development objectives. The event will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in an informed dialogue on the risks of prioritising short-term enforcement measures for migration management, on the importance of focusing on a long-term vision for sustainable migration management, and on possible ways to better reflect Africa’s priority objectives for migration. The discussion outcomes are expected to help shape the new framework for the EU-Africa partnership on migration.
This is a virtual roundtable discussion organised by Caritas Africa and Caritas Europa in collaboration with Act Alliance EU.
English, with simultaneous interpretation into French.
Who can attend
This event is by invitation only, targeting European and African decision-makers, civil society organisation representatives, researchers and journalists. You are invited to complete this registration form if you have received a personal invitation via email from the organisers.
Cet événement, sur invitation uniquement, s’adresse aux décideurs européens et africains, aux représentants d’organisations de la société civile, aux chercheurs et aux journalistes. Vous êtes invité à remplir ce formulaire d’inscription si vous avez reçu une invitation personnelle par e-mail de la part des organisateurs.
The event will happen through Zoom. During the week of the event we will send you the Zoom login details to join the meeting. In order to be able to use all of the interactive features during the event, we invite you to update your Zoom account.
L’événement se déroula via Zoom. Au cours de la semaine de l’événement, nous vous enverrons les informations de connexion Zoom pour rejoindre la session. Afin de pouvoir utiliser toutes les fonctionnalités interactives au cours de l’événement, nous vous invitons à mettre à jour votre compte Zoom.
Programme – 11h00-12h30 (CEST or UTC+2)
Moderator: Shannon Pfohman, Policy and Advocacy Director at Caritas Europa
5’ Welcome and introduction by Lucy Esipila, Policy and Advocacy Officer at Caritas Africa
5’ Setting the scene by Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head of Special Projects at the Institute for Security Studies
8’ Presentation by Mary Obiero, Director at Church World Service (CWS) Africa, on African civil society’s aspirations for migration and how have they been incorporated in the EU-Africa relations and cooperation
8’ Presentation by Nkese Udongwo, Director for Humanitarian Services at Caritas Nigeria on why a sustainable approach to migration is needed in the new EU-Africa partnership framework
20’ Q&A first round (facilitated by moderator)
8’ Comment by Sabelo Mbokazi, Head of Labour, Employment and Migration Division, African Union Commission
8’ Comment by Francesco Luciani, Head of Unit for Migration and Forced Displacement at the European Commission’s Directorate for International Partnerships
20’ Q&A second round (facilitated by moderator)
5’ Concluding remarks by Renata Cvelbar Bek, Ambassador and Coordinator for External Aspects of Migration, Sector for European Affairs, Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs