AFRICA INITIATIVE GROUP is made up of a body of decision-makers from Europe/Africa conferences (organized every two years in Annecy by the ASPEN Institute France for the past 17 years). it was officially formed on 9 September 2011 in Yamoussoukro under the presidency of the former Prime Minister of Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Charles Konan Banny, and under sponsorship of Mr Kofi ANNAN and President KUOFFOUR.

It operates on the principle of the exchange of viewpoints and shared field experience between leaders from various backgrounds and nationalities: politicians, heads of business, academics, and leading figures with a view to formulating concrete recommendations destined for governments, institutions, international organizations, and NGO’s etc. It aims to bring together leaders from different sectors of the African society from the economic, political and academic world, civil society and the media, motivated by the desire to think out-of the-box and initiate transgressions and breaks from old habits, which are needed to move things forward to ensure a better future for Africa.

This approach is based on building a non-partisan thought process inspired by
a humanist vision and a serious engagement in following up and transforming
recommendations into concrete actions. The Africa Initiative Group is a favored think tank for international coordination and decision making platforms (African Union, G20, G8, etc.) expressing a broad and credible African perspective.

Directions for Africa Initiative Group :

  1. Work on the dialogue between generations and preparing youth for leadership and responsibility.
  2. The demographic factor without taboos: evolution, issues, stakes.
  3. Evaluate gauging systems for political, economic and social governance, and in particular warning scales in case of deterioration and threat to peace –deepen the issues of the right to intervention in Africa and its enforcement.
  4. Self image and external image :
    • Managing image
    • Communication
  5. Reinforce dialogue between anglophones and francophones of Western Africa with a view to regional integration.
  6. Enculturation of policies, of methods of organization to resist the temptation of copying models.
  7. Involving civilian society, reshaping the role of women in political and social life in West Africa.