Past eventResearch Event

Two Years on from the Forum Summit: the Future of Africa-India Engagement

9 April 2010 - 9:30am to 5:30pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Fantu Cheru, Research Director, Nordic-Africa Institute, Uppsala
Dr Gerard McCann, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational History, Oxford University
Dr Parvathi Vasudaven, Consultant Chatham House, Mumbai
Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, National Director, South African Institute of International Affairs
Dr Cyril Obi, Senior Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala
Dr Renu Modi, Director, Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai
Dr Luke Patey, PhD Fellow, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School
Professor Osita Eze, Director General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos
Professor Ajay Dubey, Chairman of the Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal University, New Delhi



While there have been many conferences on the role of China in Africa over the past five years, there has been little research on India, which has often been used as a postscript to work on China. This conference is held on the second anniversary of the India-Africa Forum in New Delhi and will focus exclusively on India and its modern-day relationship with African countries, looking at both strategic themes and specific case studies of India's engagement with particular Africa countries. The conference will consider the impacts of this engagement on India and African nations and the future of these relationships. It will also launch the book The Rise of China and India in Africa published in March by Zed Press and the Nordic Africa Institute.

Further resources

The Conference Report (below) was presented at a meeting in Delhi in December 2010 to increase policy understanding of this fast growing relationship between Africa and India.

Other papers also presented at the conference include:

India's Africa Engagement: Prospects for the 2011 India-Africa Forum
Alex Vines, Chatham House
This paper looks ahead to track where future progress and challenges may lie.

The Changing Nature of Nigeria-India Relations
Parvathi Vasudevan
This paper offers a case study on a specific bilateral relationship from the point of view of an Indian scholar.