At the Table or on the Menu? Africa’s Agency and the Global Order

Africa has often been on the periphery of global processes and events. Where is its ‘agency’ in
a changing global order? Does Africa have a clear unified ‘voice’ in a complex, polycentric and
unstable world? And what can Africa do to strengthen its participation in a challenging global
environment? This report reflects discussions by key African think tanks on promoting African
agency in an international system that faces increasing pressure. It makes recommendations that
could benefit the continent.