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African Futures

2016 - 2017

The African Futures project, coordinated by the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), explores possible trends and scenarios over a 10-15 year period in Africa: what is likely to happen in terms of demography, economy and society, governance and security – and how this is expected to impact Africa and affect Europe.

The project was launched in November 2016 and completed by June 2017. Selected think tanks and senior experts from both Europe and Africa have been called upon to give their feedback and provide advice throughout the process and to participate in various workshops. Officials from EU institutions and bodies as well as diplomats from EU member states’ have also been involved at every stage of the project.

In 2017, a number of dedicated workshops have been convened in Brussels (1 March and 10-11 May), Rabat (4 April) and Pretoria (29-30 June). These have be co-organised with partners including IAI, the Egmont-Royal Institute for International Relations, the OCP Policy Centre, the Open Society European Policy Institute and Africa’s own Institute for Security Studies.

The project resulted in the publication of a final report, African Futures: Horizon 2025 (September 2017), structured around key trends that are likely to impact Africa by 2030.