Through RAS's advocacy work and by supporting the All Party Parliamentary Group for Africa (Africa APPG), the Royal African Society works to further understanding within UK parliament of African and pan-African matters via dialogue with African diaspora and voices to promote African led-development agendas through mutually beneficial and positive relationships between the UK and African countries. The Royal African Society's Policy & Advocacy Co-ordinator provides the secretariat to the APPG for Africa and is based part-time in UK Parliament.
The Africa APPG, established in 2003 by Sir Hugh Bayley and Lord Lea of Crondall, is one of the largest and most active All Party Groups in Parliament, with 195 Members from both Houses and across all Parties. The Group is currently chaired by Chi Onwurah MP and Lord Chidgey as the co-Chair from the Lords and focuses on structural issues that affect the continent as a whole, across a range of policy areas including approach to foreign affairs, economics, trade, business, industrialisation and politics.
The APPG’s activities include briefings and meetings with leading figures working on African issues, research inquiries and policy reports and arranging delegations of members to African countries.
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