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India-Africa Forum Summit

The increasingly important partnerships between India and African countries are an indicator of Africa's growing relevance on the world stage. 

The Africa Programme has followed the developing relationship between India and Africa for many years as part of its project on Africa and the Changing Balance of International Power.

Below is a compilation of resources on the development of Africa-India relations and their wider significance for international decision-makers.


India in AfricaIndia in Africa
Expert Comment
Alex Vines, May 2011

India's growing relationship with Africa offers considerable opportunities, but requires greater political oversight if investments are to be sustainable, writes Alex Vines.

India ReportFor the Global Good: India's Developing International Role
Chatham House Report
Gareth Price, May 2011

This report analyses India's international role in development, trade and investment, security and democracy, and the environment. It assesses current thinking within India towards these global challenges and examines how policy is evolving.

India and South Africa as Partners for Development in Africa?

Briefing Paper
Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, March 2011

This paper outlines how engagement of India and South Africa in Africa can be explained as much by the shifts in global power and realpolitik as by their desire to be seen to be playing a positive developmental role and shouldering global responsibilities.

Andrew MitchellEmerging Powers and the International Development Agenda
Andrew Mitchell MP, February 2011

The Secretary of State for International Development set out how the UK will work to strengthen its partnerships with emerging powers.

The Changing Nature of India-Nigeria Relations

Programme Paper
Parvathi Vasudevan, December 2010

This paper describes how the relationship between Nigeria and India has transformed from a relationship founded on historical-political connections, to a more trade-based arrangement.

India Africa SummitIndia's Africa Engagement: Prospects for the 2011 India-Africa Forum
Programme Paper
Alex Vines, December 2010

This paper explains the increasing engagement between Africa and India; details the economic nature of this arrangement; and illustrates how India is starting to play a greater role in security and development in the continent.

Two Years on from the Forum Summit: The Future of Africa-India Engagement
Conference Report
Chatham House, April 2010

Although India and Africa have been closely linked through long-established trade roots, there has been little debate and analysis on India in Africa. This conference was an effort to provide a platform for a more balanced and focused debate, away from the existing overemphasis on China and its efforts in Africa.

African Oil ReportThirst for African Oil: Asian National Oil Companies in Nigeria and Angola
Chatham House Report
Alex Vines, Lillian Wong, Markus Weimer and Indira Campos, August 2009

The report provides a comparative study of the impact of Asian companies on the two leading oil producing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria and Angola.

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