The Foundation develops economic, environmental and conflict prevention initiatives that promote sustainable development and peaceful cooperation.
The Congo and its tributaries are a vital resource for all the countries of the Congo Basin. The Basin holds 8% of the world’s forest-based carbon so it also has a key role to play in helping to prevent global warming. Generating sustainable economic development for the peoples of the region while reducing deforestation should be therefore be seen not only as a top priority for the Congo Basin countries but as a global priority as well.
The Foundation’s proposal for a Congo Basin Blue Fund was launched at the world climate change conference, COP 22, in Marrakesh in 2016, and now has the support of all the countries of the Congo Basin and the endorsement of the African Union. This is a major sustainable development initiative designed to reduce pressure to exploit the forests of the Congo Basin and thus mitigate the impact of global warming by promoting alternative economic development using the resources of the Congo River and its tributaries. Work is now under way to turn this concept into an effective financial instrument.
FALSIFIED MEDICINES INITIATIVE
We are working to highlight the growing public health crisis caused by the traffic in substandard and falsified medicines. This is a serious problem throughout the developing world but is particularly acute in Africa where the WHO has reported that 30-60% of pharmaceuticals sold in Africa are fake. In 2013 it was estimated that 120,000 African children had died because of the use of fraudulent anti-malarials and other medicines.
In March 2018, in partnership with the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Foundation organised a major conference at the Wellcome Trust in London: “Medicines that lie: a deadly public health crisis”. The conference agreed that this issue should be a new global priority and that failure to end the traffic in substandard and falsified medicines will fatally undermine the drive to ensure Universal Health Care as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Foundation is now working on follow-up.
OUR CONFLICT PREVENTION WORK
The Foundation is involved in conflict prevention because our experience has shown that independent, impartial and discreet efforts to build dialogue and understanding are vital in achieving peaceful solutions to potential conflicts in Africa and further afield.
The Foundation aims to act as an honest broker, helping protagonists to find ways to talk to each other and arrive at a common basis for a peaceful future.
As part of its commitment to dialogue-building, the Foundation has been working to bring together Libyans from across the political spectrum, including long-standing opponents, based on the conviction that only be agreeing to talk to each other can Libyans rebuild trust, reconcile their differences and lay the foundations for a stable and peaceful future.
With the support of the Senegalese government, the Foundation organised a meeting in Dakar on 11-13 May 2018 which enabled a wide range of Libyans to meet, many for the first time, and start a process of rapprochement which is essential if negotiations on a political settlement are to succeed.
OUR CONSERVATION WORK
The Foundation has partnered with the NGO, Stop Ivory, to promote the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI). This initiative, launched by Botswana, Chad, Ethiopia, Gabon and Tanzania, brings together African states, intergovernmental organisations, NGOs, private sector and private citizens to work in partnership to protect African elephants by stopping poaching and the illegal ivory trade.
The Foundation is currently exploring the possibility of a major cross-border conservation project in Central Africa