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We are a civil society organisation promoting and supporting African initiatives to give them a concrete and sustainable impact.
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We believe in the African dynamic to shape the future of the continent.
Developed jointly with our partners, the actions aim to help African people and leaders address their key challenges.
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The spirit of Brazzaville
If there are miracles in politics, South Africa experienced one with the release of Nelson Mandela: apartheid ended, without bloodshed, and the future of the country was negotiated between South Africans alone, the stakeholders, without outside interference. What was the key to this success? One word: "Brazzaville", that is, an African initiative, a series of negotiations, a peace agreement in Southern Africa to pave the way for the reconciliation to which Mandela dedicated his life...
I was privileged to play a part in that story. It was built on trust and political courage, conciliation as a prerequisite for dialogue and, yes, confidentiality, that virtuous sister of the dirty secret.
Today, I endeavor to pass the baton. The Foundation I chair works for the protection of the environment through the Congo Basin Blue Fund, for better public health through the fight against falsified medicines, and for peace and reconciliation, most urgently in Libya.
In everything we do, Africa is the be-all and end-all of what we are undertaking. Throughout the process, the spirit of Brazzaville - "dare to see in your enemy the special friend he could be" - guides our work.
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