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- Wednesday, 29 April 2015
- By Andrea Royeppen
Following the defeat of Goodluck Jonathan by Muhammadu Buhari, AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that this was “An election which demonstrates the maturity of democracy not only in Nigeria but on the continent as a whole”. From this it is clear that the recent success of the Nigerian election has gained increasing importance in the continental conversation on security and development. By reviewing the inconstant relations between Nigeria and South Africa, this analysis looks at how the democratic election of Buhari will impact on relations with South Africa.
- Wednesday, 22 April 2015
- By Dr Scott Firsing
LSE PfAL Fellow Scott Firsing argues that aerospace technology is the way forward for many African countries.
Mobile phones revolutionised Africa. From the simple ability to communicate or to access the Internet or online banking, today most Africans cannot function without one or more mobile devices.
The majority of this access comes from satellites. In fact, I am writing this article from South Africa accessing the Internet using 3G via satellite. Satellites are an indispensable part of an almost unthinkable number of equations. However, despite the benefits that mobile phones have brought to Africa, most do not realise or comprehend what satellites and other aerospace technology can truly do to transform the African continent.
- Wednesday, 01 April 2015
- By Sanusha Naidu
In 2014 the newly elected Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit was postponed due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. According to the spokesman for the Indian ministry of external affairs, the postponement was done in consultation with African countries. It was also stated that as a result of the safety precautions that had to be undertaken in line with the public health guidelines, it would have been logistically difficult to oversee and coordinate the estimated 1,000 delegates who were supposed to attend the Summit.
India’s Africa trade policy under the Modi Government: Business as usual or the makings of a strategic reorientation?
- Wednesday, 04 March 2015
- By Sanusha Naidu, Edwin Rwigi
Abstract: Over the past decade India's engagement with Africa has moved along without much fanfare. Will the newly elected Indian government continue with the same old policy vision that underpinned India's African engagement historically? Or, will the Narendra Modi government seek to define a new strategic orientation with African states that shifts the rhetoric towards pragmatism?