The voice of the African future in Brussels

Who we are

Mazungumzo’s objectives are to make concrete and creative policy recommendations, based on the analysis of political, economic and societal issues of the Africa-Europe inter-relationship.

The company is owned solely by the partners. This guarantees the independence of our advice to business or government.

Mazungumzo, Swahili for dialogue, is as an independent not-for-profit organisation, with privileged links to diverse organisations, including businesses, with responsible interests in the mutual EU-Africa relationship.

Given the political, social and economic changes between and within both continents, represented by the EPAs, Mazungumzo wants to make an innovative contribution to Europe-Africa inter-actions and forge a balanced partnership.

Its symbol is the iconic baobab tree, in many parts of Africa since ancient times the meeting place for social consensus building and collective decision making.

Organisation

Five pillars make up the Forum’s organisation: the Patrons, the Governing Council, the Advisor, the Board and the Secretariat.

We do this through dialogue between stakeholders from both private and public institutions on both continents.

The Patrons’ role is to support the work of Mazungumzo through their distinguished knowledge, experience and commitment to the African Renaissance.

The Governing Council’s task is to steer the work of Mazungumzo. The members of the Governing Council are from a diverse set of backgrounds, from academia to politics in Africa and Europe. Stefan Schepers chairs the Governing Council.

The Board is the final legal authority of the not-for-profit organisation, it decides on the work programme and approves of the annual budget.

The Secretariat is in charge of policy analysis and the administrative tasks.