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Sub-Saharan Africa

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Founded in 2007, the African Studies Center of the French Institute of International Relations - Ifri works to address the cross-disciplinary issues that the African continent is facing. The Center achieves its mission through quality analyses available in various formats.

Aimed at renewing interpretative frameworks and nurturing public debate, the Center’s expertise offers helpful tools for policy-makers in Africa. The Center also provides analyses for some key actors in Africa such as the French Ministry of the Armed Forces (Ministère des Armées), the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères), International Crisis Group, the OECD or the World Bank.

Launched in 2008, l’Afrique en questions covers topics of broad and current interest. In addition, the Policy Papers and Reports published by the Center provide more comprehensive analyses. These publications are combined with public events where politicians, academics, companies and civil society can promote dialogue about Africa and share analytical tools.

Afrique Décryptages, the African Studies Center’s blog, provides information regarding the Center's activities, publication announcements, conference reports, and links to the Center's research fellows’ public appearances. Afrique Décryptages also works as a forum where the research fellows share their opinions about topical issues and stimulate debates and discussions.

 

Alain ANTIL

Research FellowDirector of Ifri's African Studies Center

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Sina SCHLIMMER

Research Fellow, Ifri's African Studies Center 

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Benjamin AUGE

Associate Research Fellow, Africa Studies Center / Center for Energy and Climate

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François GAULME

Associate Resarch Fellow, African Studies Center

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Mathieu PELLERIN

Associate Research Fellow, African Studies Center

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Thierry VIRCOULON

Associate Resarch Fellow, African Studies Center

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Since 2016, the Observatory of Central and Southern Africa within Ifri's African Studies Center provides regular analyses to identify local and regional trends regarding political and security issues in the area. 55 notes were written between 2016 and 2020. ...
Nigeria Elections 2019
The Elections, Governance and Evolution of the State in Africa research axis whithin Ifri's African Studies Center covers electoral processes, domestic political dynamics, public policies, State governance practices, as well as State model evolutions on the...
Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Angela Merkel shaking hands before a meeting of African leaders with the German Chancellor in Berlin.
The Africa on the International Scene research axis whithin Ifri's African Studies center aims at analyzing the African policies established by the traditional partners of the African continent (France, UK, etc.) as well as by the emerging States (China, Turkey,...
Members of a Senegalese Formed Police Unit (FPU) of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
The Security Issues research axis whithin the African Studies center explores the security stakes at play in the Sahel and in the Great Lakes regions. It notably examines the armed movements, the economies of illicit trades and the tensions surounding natural...
Kampala, Ouganda
The Socio-economic Transformation of Africa research axis whithin Ifri's African Studies Center focuses on African middle-classes, on African cities as a growth factor, on the urbanization of the continent as an element of transformation of African societies as...
workers maintain a thermal power station
The Energy Challenges in Africa research axis whithin Ifri's Africa Studies center adresses the exploitation of extractive natural resources on the African continent. It also covers the geopolitical stakes that derive from it, and the governance practices in this...
25/06/2021

If sub-Saharan Africa followed the same model of economic development as the rest of the world, focused on the growth of carbon intensive industries, cities and infrastructures, it would seal the planet's climate future. Africa’s emissions today are among the lowest per capita in the world: 0...

21/06/2021

The year 2020 was to be a pivotal year for (re)formulating Europe's Africa strategy. Germany and France were committed to strengthening relations between the two continents and to consolidating them at the sixth summit of the African Union and the European Union, which was postponed because of...

11/06/2021

The sharp rebound in oil prices since the second half of 2020, to nearly $70 per barrel in May 2021, represents only a temporary respite for oil-dependent African economies that must change their economic model very quickly.

31/05/2021
By: Clément SORIAT

Based on a field survey carried out in Côte d'Ivoire as part of the research program “Faire des politiques publiques en Afrique”, the author questions the genesis of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the field of global health and its appropriation in the Ivorian context.

28/04/2021
By: Thibaud KURTZ

Lesotho is a landlocked mountain kingdom encased in South Africa for which it is a reservoir of water and labor. This kingdom of tormented creation is in a structural political and security crisis. Since 1993 and the return to multiparty politics, all elections, except that of 2002, needed...

17/03/2021
By: Thierry VIRCOULON, Henri-Paul MAGLOIRE

Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the passing of  President Pierre Nkurunziza on June 8, 2020, the election cycle (presidential, legislative, senatorial, communal and hillside elections) have been upheld and went smoothly. Not only has the ruling party, the National Council for...

04
May
2021
Tuesday 04 May 2021
from 15:00 to 16:30 - Videoconference

Affordable and reliable electricity access from renewable energy sources is a prerequisite for the development of sustainable and healthy cities in sub-Saharan Africa.

21
Apr
2021
Wednesday 21 April 2021
from 10:00 to 12:00 - Videoconference

As part of the Central and Southern Africa Observatory, a research partnership between Ifri's Sub-Saharan Africa Center and the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS) of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, Ifri is hosting a series of three research webinars...

14
Apr
2021
Wednesday 14 April 2021
from 10:00 to 12:30 - Videoconference

As part of the Central and Southern Africa Observatory, a research partnership between Ifri's Sub-Saharan Africa Center and the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS) of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, Ifri is hosting a series of three research webinars...

07
Apr
2021
Wednesday 07 April 2021
from 10:00 to 12:00 - Videoconference

As part of the Central and Southern Africa Observatory, a research partnership between Ifri's Sub-Saharan Africa Center and the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS) of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, Ifri is hosting a series of three research webinars...

25
Feb
2021
Thursday 25 February 2021
from 10:00 to 12:00 - Videoconference

The African Studies Center of the French Institute of International Relations and the Institute for Strategic Research at the Military School are co-organizing a videoconference about the current political crisis in Ethiopia. The event will be held in English.

17
Nov
2020
Tuesday 17 November 2020
from 16:00 to 17:30 - Videoconference

With the recent discoveries of large gas resources in Sub-Saharan Africa, cheap renewable energy sources, loose LNG markets with competitive prices, there is a unique momentum to accelerate the electrification of the continent with gas/LNG to power, solar and hydro as backbones. 

26
Jun
2020
Friday 26 June 2020
from 15:00 to 17:00 - Videoconference

Affordable and reliable electricity access is a prerequisite for the development of sustainable cities in sub-Saharan Africa. Improving the financial and operational viability of the region’s power sectors is a prerequisite for the multiplication of solar projects. 

The Sub-Saharan Africa program and its Associate Fellows are accustomed to sharing their expertise with the media. Our experts mainly speak French, but they can also intervene in English. Consult our researchers’ geographic and thematic specialties on their profile.