Past eventResearch Event

Emerging Agents of Change? The Role of African States in International Negotiations on Aid, Trade and Climate Change

2 February 2011 - 09:30 to 17:30

Chatham House, London


Dr Donna Lee, Birmingham University
Dr Jean-Christophe Hoste, Egmont
Dr Alistair Fraser, Cambridge University
Dr Siphamandla Zondi, Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa
Hilary Benn MP



Recent years have seen a heightened presence of African governments in international negotiations - the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009, diplomatic influence within the WTO and new roles for state and non-state actors within the processes around the granting and delivery of aid. In all three areas, Western and increasingly emerging powers, as well as international institutions such as the UNDP and World Bank have sought actively to promote greater capacity and participation by Africa in international and regional forums, often in support of specific international objectives. Do these activities signify emerging influence for African states within an increasing multipolar world, or merely continued subversion of the sovereignty of small states by larger powers?

Attendance at this full-day event is by invitation only.

The event is jointly hosted by the British International Studies Association Africa Working Group and Chatham House.