The international conference held in Turin on 1-2 December 2014 represented the first public meeting organized in the framework of the project launched by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), with the cooperation of the National Democratic Institute (NDI). The project aims at furthering the debate on the challenges and opportunities of cooperation in Africa between state, institutional and private actors in three thematic areas: economic development, good governance and democracy, peace and security. The research focuses on four case studies - Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa - and relies on the expertise of country specialists. The conference was divided into three working sessions: after the welcome addresses, the opening remarks and the presentation of the research project, the first two sessions were dedicated to the presentation of the case studies, while the last session focused on the experiences of cooperation in Africa of both non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private companies, followed by the indications for the follow-up of the project. This report provides a summary of the meeting and highlights the key points that emerged from the debate.
Report of the international conference on "Promoting Stability and Development in Africa: Fostering Cooperation Between Public and Private Sectors" held in Turin on 1-2 December 2014 within the framework of the project having the same title. The conference was organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) in cooperation with the Centro Piemontese di Studi Africani (CSA), with the support of Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eni and Compagnia di San Paolo, and with the patronage of the Municipality of Turin.
Welcome addresses, Opening remarks and Presentation of the research project
Session I. Creating a strategic arc of stability from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa: The cases of Nigeria and Ethiopia
Session II. Releasing new energy from the South: The cases of South Africa and Mozambique
Session III. Private sector roundtable