In June 2019, HIIK had the honour to welcome representatives of the Africa Union, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), the GIZ and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ecpdm) at the Bergheim Campus in Heidelberg. Both AU and IPSS use modified HIIK data for policy advice within the African Union, i.e. for the Continental Early Warning System (CEWS) and the annually published Impact Report on the African Union‘s Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). During our meeting we discussed different perspectives on conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as the use of HIIK intensities as a dependent variable. We would like to thank our colleagues from Addis and are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation in the future!