The most significant factor that has changed perceptions about Africa’s place in the world has been the flurry of activities surrounding the increasing engagement of emerging powers in the continent. South Africa, China, India, Brazil and Russia are today formidable actors in Africa, competing and co-operating with and sometimes superseding relations with traditional regional and international partners, across almost every sphere of external engagement.
The Global Powers and Africa (GPA) programme focuses on emerging global players as well as the advanced industrial powers such as the EU, Japan and the US, and assesses their engagement with African countries. Since 2006, our flagship research on China and Africa continues to be supported under this program; with the objective of understanding the motives and institutional structures guiding China’s Africa policy. Framing these within the broader needs of African development and the changing African policy, economic and social landscapes form a key focus of our original research.
In this context we are undertaking and supporting research on other emerging countries, as well as South-South and North-South dialogue, to assist policymaking that will deliver good, transparent governance and sustainable development on the continent.