Wien, 26 – 27 November, 2018: EU-Africa – Inequality. A Challenge for African-European Cooperation. A dialogue conference within the framework of the Austrian Presidency of the European Union.

The conference aims to look at relations between the European Union and Africa under the perspective of inequalities both between and within these two regions and to explore answers to questions: What are the current trends in and drivers for income and wealth inequalities within the African-European context? Is transnational solidarity an effective mean to reduce inequalities and promote social justice? With regards to the ongoing negotiations about the Post-Cotonou Agreement, what could be an adequate institutional response to tackle existing and growing inequalities?

„Inequality – A Challenge for African-European Cooperation“ continues the longstanding Austrian tradition of North-South dialogue and builds on the Europe-Southern Africa Conference convened by the same organisers under the first Austrian EU Presidency in 1998. The main objective of the conference is to highlight the issue of inequality within the African-European relations, and to suggest solutions.

The Conference will take place 26 – 27 November, 2018 in Haus der EU, Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Vienna. Main organisers: Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation ( and the Southern Africa Documentation and Cooperation Centre (

Speakers include Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises, South Africa; Léo Czajka, Paris School of Economics, World Inequality Lab; António Carlos Fernandes Teixeira, Senior Economist, European Commission, DG DevCo; Marie Roger Biloa, Journalist, CEO Africa International Media Group, Paris; Angela Dziedzom Akorsu, University Cape Coast, Ghana; Kékéli Kpongnon, Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform, Brussels; Geert Laporte, Deputy Director of The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Maastricht; Nonhle Mbuthuma, Humand Rights Defender, Amadiba Crisis Committee, South Africa; Akhator Joel Odigie, International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC-Africa, Lomé; Linda Kasonde, Human Rights Defender, Former President of Law Association of Zambia, Lusaka (tbc).

For further details see the conference program in english or german.

For organisational reasons, registration is required: