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The Aegis Council was set up in 2020 in defense of effective and active delivery of the most pressing issues that have bedeviled the twenty-first century and their implications for the future of global society. It is headquartered in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada with an office in Accra, Ghana. It is non-partisan, and not wedded to any special interests.  

We provide a unique platform dedicated to deepening the understanding of specific challenges and opportunities in a significantly transforming world. Our activities are premised on the theory of interconnectedness, which argues that an interdependent society is one in which all risks provoke ricochet effects in a web of complex interactions and must be addressed through international solidarity, multi-stakeholder cooperation and democratic collective action.    

The global economic catastrophe, fueled by COVID-19 has not only altered the political rulebook of how to govern countries, co-exist with others and participate in the global economy but also amplified the existential fault lines of inequalities of wealth and power, geopolitical competition, protectionism and state unilateralism.  

We cannot be indicted for exaggeration when we say COVID-19 constitutes the greatest public health threat of the century and the denominator that is reconstituting the social and political, and more specifically how human and economic organizations are constituted. In many ways, the global pandemic is engineering a counter-revolution of the powerful against the weak. A revolution that reorganizes the state and capital as well as heightening social hierarchies relating to class, race and gender relations.

The “new normal” has involved the imposition of new constitutional frameworks and redefinition of public policy with respect to the operation of strategic, microeconomic and social policy, and as leaders chart the path to recovery, we ask, what reforms are needed to reduce the sky-high inequality challenge and improve social mobility? 

Fragile states are witnessing an acceleration in that fragility including upending global political norms. One of the remarkable features of the pandemic is food insecurity. The World Food Program estimates that the number of people who will be affected by food insecurity may double to 265 million by the end of 2020, and the situation is expected to worsen in conflict-ridden places such as South Sudan, Yamen and Syria. The need for international assistance to build resilience of fragile states to the impact of global transformations is more important since the prosperity of the world is inextricably linked together.

The issue of food insecurity is broadly connected to the fundamental questions of human-induced climate change, economic and security crises, governance failure and inequality, just to mention a few. Thus, we are home to a world of disruptions of unprecedented scale, scope and pace.   

Unless countervailed by alternative democratic policies to maximize predictability and minimize uncertainties, this caustic pattern and social violence look set to continue. We must build an agenda that creates new and reinvigorate twenty-first century coalitions and alliances not only to defeat the pandemic or deal with global vaccine development and distribution but an international order that personifies  contemporary world. 

Recovery efforts need to be framed on convergence, resilience, and transformation. This means, in concrete terms, redefining the terms of social contract to patch up the wreck caused by COVID-19 and associated risks as well as restructuring our economies and remodeling our societies. 

At Aegis Council, we play a constructive role by convening thought leaders from government, academia, institutions and communities in Canada and Africa to learn, interchange and shape policy ideas, especially on how Canada’s relations with Africa could be, organized and brought to the front burner of policy decisions to respond to our mutual threats.

We have a globalist perspective with a focus on Canadian and African affairs, and we pursue our work as a public interest imperative.