Africa


Challenging eurocentrism in European feminist foreign policies

Connecting Black History Month with Women’s History Month, EUI Max Weber Fellow Miriam Mona Mukalazi and Fennet Habte from the Global Public Policy Institute reflect on African feminist thought, on feminist foreign policies, and call for feminist solidarity to try to change global politics.

Black Realities: Confronting Racism in Europe

In this post for the 2024 Black History Month exhibition at the EUI, History researcher Daphné Budasz reflects on the long history of dehumanisation and systemic oppression of people of African descent across time in Europe.

From European museums to African homelands: Restitution as geopolitics

In this post for Black History Month 2024, History researcher Aurora Hamm discusses the sudden increase in restitutions of cultural objects from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa and argues that restitutions mostly depend on geopolitical rather than on moral considerations.

Coloniality and the ‘aid bubble’: Can language be a driver for change?

In a look at recent initiatives to decolonialise the aid sector, humanitarian professional and STG Policy Leader Fellow Carla Vitantonio finds that big international agencies have something to learn from local organisations taking a collaborative, open approach towards language sensitivity.

Growing together: policy considerations for the African Continental Free Trade Area

The African Continental Free Trade Area could transform regional growth, with key focus on three policy dimensions, argue research fellows Sonali Chowdhry, Martina F. Ferracane and Rohit Ticku (Robert Schuman Centre). These dimensions are non-tariff barriers, the digital economy and improved government procurement policies.

Legacies of empire: Through the voice of war veteran Isaías

Nearly fifty years after the Portuguese Colonial War, Africans who were conscripted by the Portuguese and disabled in battle still struggle to claim veterans’ benefits. History researcher Carlos Martins has interviewed former soldiers to understand this painful legacy.

Early activists in the fight for restitution of African art

In this post, history researcher Dario Willi takes us back to a catalytic moment in the art restitution movement, when the Ghanaian filmmaker Nii Kwate Owoo publicised the innumerable artworks and artefacts languishing in the British Museum, after their removal from source communities in a context of colonial domination.

Being Black in Europe

In this editorial and introduction to the 2022 Black History Month blog series, history researcher Daphné Budasz explains why it is important to make Black lives and scholarship more visible at the EUI.

Why does public–private partnership matter in Africa’s post-Covid recovery?

Foreign direct investment in Africa fell significantly in 2020 due to COVID-19. Independent of the success or failure of the EU’s Global Gateway infrastructure initiative, Africa’s governments can boost the region’s recovery, writes Policy Leader Fellow Umar Kabanda, by improving the conditions for public–private partnerships.