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AfREC ensures its work has appropriate impact on society and policy through ongoing consultation with key stakeholders in academia, government, industry, the not-for- profit and community sectors and via regular public engagement events.

Based in Perth, Australia’s ‘gateway’ with Africa across the Indian Ocean, the Centre helps to build a wider constituency for Australia-Africa relations by deepening research and education partnerships and creating new opportunities for engagement between the two continents and their peoples

The Centre underpins the UWA Africa Engagement Strategy and supports the Africa-related work of the University’s flagship institutes including the Institute of Agriculture, Oceans Institute and Public Policy Institute

Past Events

An Evening with Ben Okri

The award-winning author met his readers at the Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia, on February 23, as part of the 2019 Perth Writers Festival. Okri discussed life, arts and politics with Sisonke Msimang of the Centre for Stories, and read portions of his newest novel The Freedom Artist. Read more here.

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February 23 2019

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Africa within World Development Trends: Grappling with the Big Global Ideas
 A Public Lecture by: Dr. John Gai Yoh

February 21 2019

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   AfREC Inaugural Africa Research Showcase

February 15 2019

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Strategic Partnerships for Agricultural Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa
Prof Eric Danquah
6 Nov 2018
The Current State of Archaeology and Heritage Studies in Ghana
Dr Wazi Apoh
6 Nov 2018

Tribute Service for Kofi Annan 1938-2018

15 Sep 2018

AfREC partnered with the Ghana Association of WA (GhAWA), the Organisation of African Communities in WA (OAC), the UN Association of Australia (UNAAWA), Murdoch and Curtin universities to co-convene a public tribute service for Ghanaian former UN Secretary-General Kofi Atta Annan, who passed away aged 80 on 18 August.

The well-attended service featured Ghanaian cultural traditions, religious messages, songs, and tribute speeches from Ms Alberta Sarfoaah, GhAWA President, Mr Fred Soale, Ghana Consul in WA (representing Ghana High Commissioner to Australia), Hon. Terry Healy MLA (Co-Chair, WA Parliamentary Friends of Africa, representing the WA Premier and Minister for Multicultural Interests), Ms Fadzi Whande (OAC/AfREC), Dr Kwadwo Adusei-Asante (Ghana community), and Mr Seth Appiah-Mensah (AfREC).


AfREC acknowledges the substantial contributions Mr Annan made to Ghana, Africa and the global community over a long and distinguished career of public service.

Conflict in the Sahel
30 Aug 2018
Panel discussion
The Media in Africa <> Africa in the Media
28 Aug 2018
Panel discussion

27 Aug 2018

UWA Africa Research & Engagement Centre Launch

The Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC), announced during the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Annual Forum, will drive new initiatives and ethical collaborations between Australia and Africa and draw upon the important knowledge, ideas and experiences of growing African-Australian communities.

The Centre will work with multiple industries across a wide range of research disciplines including agriculture, mining, law, public policy, international development, environmental science, engineering, archaeology and heritage, population health, biological science, history and economics.

Building on the Africa-related work of the University’s flagship institutes, the Institute of Agriculture, Oceans Institute and Public Policy Institute, the Centre will oversee collaborative research, teaching and training programs that will address development challenges in the region. 

The idea of Peace Parks in Africa
Maano Ramutsindela
23 Aug 2018
Towards Zero Hunger (SDG2) in Africa
Frans Swanepoel
7 Jun 2018

Africa Day 2018

25 May 2018

UWA partnered with the WUN Global Africa Group and Organisation of African Communities in WA (OAC) to convene a public panel discussion on 25 May to celebrate Africa Day 2018.


With a theme of ‘Africa and Sustainable Development Agendas’, the event featured a keynote address by Prof. Ebenezer Owusu, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, as well as presentations by panelists Prof. Lawal Marafa (Chinese University of Hong Kong/WUN), Dr Casta Tungaraza (President, African Women’s Council of Australia; OAC), as well as AfREC Research Fellows Prof. Petra Tschakert and A/Prof. Richard Vokes.


The panel was chaired by AfREC interim Director Dr David Mickler and moderated by Prof. Maano Ramutsindela (University of Cape Town/WUN).

Archaeologies of Enslavement in Eastern Africa & the Western Indian Ocean
Paul Lane
12 Apr 2018
Engaging African-Australian Youth
15 Mar 2018
AAUN Africa Group Forum 2017
4-6 Sep 2017

Africa Day 2017

26 May 2017

International Africa Day 2017 at UWA reflected on African women's leadership roles and contributions to securing sustainable African futures.

This event commenced with networking and refreshments accompanied by live entertainment by a diverse range of
performing artists, poets and musicians, including Zico Afro Dance, Saynab Ali, Marie Barrere-Collet, Zee Ibrahim and Yahye Sheik-Abdi.


Following this a panel discussion was held including audience Q&A on the theme of “African Women and Leadership” with a number of Perth’s own inspirational African leaders

Countering Violent Extremism in Africa
Professor Julius Kibet Bitok
9 May 2017
AFSAAP Conference Africa: Moving the Boundaries 
5-7 Dec 2016
AAUN Africa Group Forum & AGM
5-7 Sep 2016
Organising Security in the Age of Regime Complexity
Associate Professor Malte Brosig
1 Sep 2016

Africa Day 2016

27 May 2016

AFRICA DAY is celebrated internationally each year on 25 May in commemoration of the founding of
the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963.


Among the OAU's key purposes was to promote Pan-Africanism, integration and unity between Africa's newly independent states during the era of decolonisation. 53 years later, the OAU has been transformed into the African Union (AU) and, while political contexts, dynamics and institutions have evolved, African unity remains a core objective.


Africa Day 2016, featured keynote address by Professor Samuel M Makinda. Samuel M Makinda is Professor of International Relations and Security Studies in the School of Management and Governance, Murdoch University, Perth. In 2011, Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki awarded him the medal of Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS), one of Kenya’s highest civilian honours, for his “distinguished service rendered to the nation”.

He has been a member of the World Academy of Art and Science since 2001, and was honoured as one of the Top 100 Most Influential African Australians. Among many distinguished roles and publications, he is most recently co-author of The African Union: Addressing the Challenges of Peace, Security and Governance (with F. Wafula Okumu & David Mickler, 2nd Edn. Routledge 2016)

The Origins and Future of African Unity
Prof Samuel M Makinda
27 Mar 2016
The Creation of Native Colonialism in Ethiopia
Dr Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes
26 Apr 2016
Nigeria in the 21st Century
Professor Patrick Utomi
1 Mar 2016
Why Universities Distrust Field Researchers?
Professor Keyan Tomaselli
5 Nov 2015
Aus-Africa FP Expert Panel AARF Perth
1 Sep 2015
25 May 2015
Africa Research Cluster Launch