Brazil Africa Institute (IBRAF)


The Brazil Africa Institute (IBRAF) is a non-profit organization that aims to promote international cooperation and engagement between Brazil and the African continent, contributing towards the social and economic development of countries, boosting the convergence of governments agendas with private sector interests, fostering technical and scientific cooperation and advancing with multilateral relations.

IBRAF’s expertise and vast network allow it to develop projects in various areas, ranging from agriculture, rural development, food security, public policies, education, health, trade and investments, financial management, technical training, youth empowerment, gender equality while utilizing South-South and Triangular cooperation to build a better and more sustainable future. These initiatives are based on three pillars:

1. Events that aim to bring together leaders, experts and authorities from all origins, sectors and realms to dialogue and share experiences, from high-level fora to summits, meetings, conferences, debates and more, boosting the exchange of know-how and the construction of synergies.

2. Capacity-building, mobilizing organizations, individuals and resources to achieve structural change in the African continent, through the creation or improvement of either physical capacity, such as infrastructure, energy and sanitation, or professional capacity, via educational and technical training

3. Research, studies and publications, aiming to build an agenda that can influence key actors, as well as the general public, to promote a transparent perspective regarding African countries and their societies. Through a contemporary and innovative lens, it provides Brazilian, African and other decision-makers with quality, evidence-based and policy-oriented studies to catalyze development projects as well as cooperation in the área of trade and investments.

IBRAF and South-South and Triangular Cooperation

IBRAF, as an actor and a promoter of SSTC, has a focus on creating synergies between Brazil and African countries, as members of the global South, with the perspective that sustainable development is achieved through actions, solutions and good practices that usually address common challenges and, thus, should be shared and replicated accordingly. As such, its work is based on strategic approaches:

  1. Facilitate an open dialogue between governments, entrepreneurs and academics on issues of interest to Brazil Africa and other regions.
  2. Design proposals for the formulation of cooperation policies and the advancement of cooperation programmes between Brazil, Africa and third countries.
  3. Prepare strategic plans to identify potential opportunities in various areas between Brazilian companies and the Africa region.


Brazil Africa Forum

The Brazil Africa Forum is IBRAF’s major event that focuses on South-South Cooperation, fostering cooperation between Brazil and the African  continent. Annually, BAF brings together global leaders, representatives from the public and private sector, academics, entrepreneurs and investors to dialogue and build synergies.

The event provides high-level discussions, networking and social interaction opportunities and media visibility to participants. The event has had nine consecutive editions, both in-person and virtual, being held in cities such as São Paulo, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Salvador and Recife, each edition covering a major theme of international cooperation: sustainable development, food security, energy transition, youth empowerment, natural resources, among others.

Online Professional Learning

Online Professional Learning (OPL) is an online platform for professional learning that has a comprehensive and multi-thematic approach. The OPL ultimate goal is to provide quality and result-driven content for Brazilian and African professionals that can use knowledge to enhance productivity, employability and revenue, both as part of development efforts and business demands.

IBRAF offers virtual courses such as the recently launched online professional capacity development course on sustainable control of Fall Armyworm (FAW), jointly by FAO and IBRAF. using SSTC, the training aimed to strengthen expertise and skills needed for the sustainable control of FAW under the umbrella of the Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control. The training included six modules on hands-on practices for the biological control of FAW, with one module dedicated to biological control and biopesticides as business opportunities.

IBRAF Fellowship Program on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (IFP):

The IFP aims to give professionals and researchers an opportunity to have hands-on experiences with international and non-governmental organizations that are actively engaged in international cooperation, and linking SSTC. With the exchange of know-how between the research fellows and international actors, the program aims at empowering the next generation of decision-makers.

Through this programme. the fellows are provided with a platform to exchange knowledge and share good practices and projects in socio-economic development, produce high-quality research on international cooperation. The IFP hosted its first cohort in 2021 composed of 10 research fellows from eight countries.


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