Working for Peace, Prosperity and Conservation in Africa and beyond

Our Goal

To develop initiatives which support African leaders in meeting some of the key challenges facing the continent, including sustainable development, health, conservation and conflict prevention, and bring countries and people together in peaceful cooperation.

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The Foundation takes its name and inspiration from the Brazzaville Accords signed in the Congolese capital on 13 December 1988. A key moment in the history of modern Africa, they were an example of Africans themselves taking the lead in negotiating a peaceful settlement of the conflicts in southern Africa and paved the way for the release of Nelson Mandela and an end to apartheid. The Foundation’s chairman, Jean-Yves Ollivier, who had an important behind-the-scenes role in persuading the key figures to meet in Brazzaville, launched the Foundation in 2014/5.
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Our people

The Brazzaville Foundation is managed by an experienced Board of Trustees, supported by a Chief Executive and an international Advisory Board made up of highly distinguished individuals whose experience and expertise enable them to give guidance to the Foundation and assist it in its work. Our Patron is HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO.
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Our Activities

The Foundation operates as both catalyst and advocate, generating ideas and initiatives and using its network of advisers and contacts to seek high level support and buy-in. It works with its partners to develop and implement its initiatives.
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The traffic in falsified medicines

Since 2017, the Foundation has been committed to helping tackle the growing problem of substandard and falsified medicines in Africa. It recently launched the Lomé Initiative.

Sustainable Development in the Congo Basin

In 2016 the Foundation devised a major sustainable development initiative, the Congo Basin Blue Fund, which is being taken forward by more than a dozen African countries and has been endorsed by the African Union as one of its climate change priorities. It is currently the subject of a major feasibility study under UNDP auspices.

Conflict Prevention

At a meeting in Dakar in May 2018, the Foundation brought together Libyans from across the political spectrum to start an intra-Libyan dialogue. This dialogue is designed to promote rapprochement and reconciliation among the Libyans themselves, which is vital if international negotiations on a political settlement are to succeed.

Elephant Protection Work

Working with the NGO Stop Ivory,
we are promoting the Elephant Protection Initiative in order to stop poaching and halt the illegal trade in ivory.

News & events

Kabine Komara alerts viewers about the scourge of fake med…


Kabine Komara, member of the Foundation's Advisory Board, was invited by the TV show "Et si ... vous me disiez toute la vérité" presented by Denise Epoté on channel TV5 Monde. This was an opportunity to alert viewers about the scourge of fake medicines in Africa. Watch the video here...


Publication de l'article "Jean-Yves Ollivier, celui p…


Amara Essy, homme politique et diplomate ivoirien membre du Conseil Consultatif de la Fondation, a publié le 2 février 2020 dans la Revue de l'Afrique un portrait de Jean-Yves Ollivier et son rôle historique en Afrique. Retrouvez l'article via le lien suivant :


The Foundation welcomes three new Advisory Board members


The Brazzaville Foundation is delighted to announce that Dr Joyce Banda, the former President of Malawi, Mr Jan Kohout, the  former Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, and Mr Ruben Vardanyan, the Armenian philanthropist and businessman, have agreed to join the Foundation's Advisor...


Cecilia Attias criticises the traffic in falsified medicin…


On Sunday 22nd of December, the French journal Le Parisien published an op-ed signed by Cecilia Attias, an Advisory Board member of the Brazzaville Foundation, in which she criticised the limited awareness and action taken to stop the traffic in falsified medicines, a major human and public health c...


Press release launching the Lomé Initiative


A press release launching the Lomé Initiative issued today. On 17 and 18th January, six African Heads of State will meet in Lomé, Togo, to sign a political declaration and a legally binding agreement which will commit them to introduce criminal legislation specifically designed to suppress...


Jean-Yves Ollivier at the Rhodes Forum 2019


At the Rhodes Forum 2019, Jean-Yves Ollivier, Chairman of the Foundation, highlitghted the importance of philanthropy in today's world. Listen to his interview via this link:


The Foundation's work on falsified medicines mentioned at …


Speaking during the 74th UN General Assembly debate, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo, Jean-Claude Gakosso, raised the dangers of fake medicines and referred to the Foundation's work on that issue. Listen to his speech at the following link :


Substandard and falsified medicines


Learn more about the Foundation's work on substandard and falsified medicines.


Creation of the Leadership group for the substandard and f…


The Foundation's Advisory Board members, Kgalema Motlanthe, Kabiné Komara, Amama Mbabazi and Jean-Louis Bruguière, have accepted the Chairman's invitation to form a Leadership Group to help steer the Foundation's work on substandard and falsified medicines, including the Lomé Initiative. The former ...


The Brazzaville Foundation's Chairman meets Russian Deputy…


Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov on Friday received Jean-Yves Olivier, the founder and Chairman of The Brazzaville Foundation, an international NGO specializing in peacekeeping activities in Africa, the Russian Fo...


The fight against fake medicines


The Foundation organised a working meeting, on the 3rd of September in Paris, with Congo Brazzaville, Niger, Senegal and Togo's representatives to discuss the new initiative on falsified medicines. 


Interview on the prospects for a continuation of the inter…


Recently interviewed by the Senegalese newspaper Le Soleil about the prospects of a second round of the Inter-Libyan dialogue in Dakar, our Chairman, Jean-Yves Ollivier, said « All sides are encouraging me to hold another Dakar meeting. However, this is only possible if it is as part of prepa...