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Promoting peace and stability in Africa through Tana High-Level Forum support

Support to the Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Foreign Office

  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2021 to 2025

  • Products and expertise

    Security, reconstruction and peace


In 2020, Africa witnessed almost one third of all violent conflicts worldwide. The reasons for this include the rise of extremist groups, increasing social divides, organised crime, and political instability. These challenges pose threats to local, national, and regional stability, impacting security and human rights. Additionally, the involvement of numerous regional and international actors, many operating outside established continental structures, has grown.

Consequently, the African Union (AU) and its member states are committed to preventing crises and advancing the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), as outlined in their strategy documents. The annual Tana Forum (Tana High-Level Forum on Security) at lake Tana in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, serves as an important platform for these efforts.

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Governmental, economic, and social decision-makers are expanding opportunities for dialogue and action, offering essential foreign and security policy impulses that align with APSA to bolster peace and stability for the continent.


The key measures of the project include:

  • Supporting the Tana Secretariat hosted by the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at Addis Ababa University in content development, logistical preparation, and execution of the Tana Forum.
  • Promoting the strategic governance and viability initiatives of the Tana Forum.

Last update: December 2023

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