Launch event of Ukȧmȧ: the Africa-Europe platform for Sustainable Development thinkers

This event launches the Ukȧmȧ - solidarity for prosperity network, the Africa-Europe platform for Sustainable Development thinkers. Ukama aims at developing a network of African and European experts mobilised in favour of sustainable recovery and economic transformation in Africa that come together regularly to discuss and reflect independently on the Europe-Africa relationship and co-build value propositions for a renewed cooperation between the two continents, it aims, in the long run at bringing fresh ideas to the table to overcome misunderstandings and foster collaboration.

The Ukȧmȧ platform is co-chaired by Chukwumerije Okereke (Professor at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo; Director Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD)), and Sébastien Treyer (Director, IDDRI) and guided by a steering committee including the following members:

  • Ann Kingiri, Senior Research Fellow (ACTS), Kenya
  • Fatima Denton, Director of the Institute for Natural Resources in Africa at the United Nations University, Ghana
  • Chantal Naidoo, Founder Rabia Transitions, South Africa
  • Youba Sokona, Vice President IPCC
  • John Asafu Adjaye, Head of research African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), Ghana
  • San Bilal, Head of Programme Trade, Investment and Finance; Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme, European Centre for Development Policy Management, The Netherlands
  • Imme Scholz, Deputy Director, German Development Institute

The launch event will be organized as an interactive expert discussion around the questions:

  • What are the “elephants in the room” in Africa Europe relations that hinder a shared and sustainable prosperity agenda?
  • What could be key messages to be developed and addressed by independent experts to the AU EU Summit?

Speakers include:

  • Chukwumerije Okereke
  • Sébastien Treyer

For more information regarding the launch event and to register, please contact Elisabeth Hege (