Why Brazzaville

The Foundation takes its name and inspiration from the Brazzaville Protocol signed in the Congolese capital on 13 December 1988. A key moment in the history of modern Africa, it was an example where Africans themselves led the negotiations, achieving a peaceful settlement of conflicts in Southern Africa. They thus paved the way for the liberation of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid. In this process, the French businessman Jean-Yves Ollivier tested his ability to become an international mediator by playing an important role behind the scenes, persuading key figures to meet in Brazzaville.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of this event, President Denis Sassou N'Guesso, a key player in these negotiations, called for the spirit of these agreements to be perpetuated. Inspired by this wish, Jean-Yves Ollivier decided to create the Brazzaville Foundation under the form of a charity in London in 2015.


The Brazzaville Protocol

The signing of the Brazzaville Accords opened a new chapter in the history of modern Africa by securing a peaceful settlement of the conflicts in southern Africa which had lasted more than 20 years and thus paving the way for an end to Apartheid.

The documentary Plot for Peace

Based on exceptional testimonies, this film retraces Jean-Yves Ollivier's contribution to the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Southern Africa.