There has been a major expansion of Indian ties with Africa in the last decade. Trade and investments have increased manifolds. The second India-Africa Summit took place in Ethiopia in 2011.

Like  China, Brazil and South Africa India has become a major economic actor in Africa. These South powers have also formed alliances amongst themselves (IBSA, BRICS) and they emphasise South-South co-operation. What are the similarities and differences in their Africa policies? How do they promote economic co-operation, trade and investment? How is development finance and aid provided? And what does it imply for developments in Africa?

Stein Sundstøl Eriksen is the Head of the Department of Development Studies at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He is directing a project on India's role in Africa and the implications for Norwegina foeign policy.

Tore Nedrebø is a Senior Advisor in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador to Nigeria. He is currently working on the role of China and India in Africa. 

Elling N. Tjønneland is a Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute. He coordinates CMI’s aid cluster and has a wide experience from research and advisory work on South and Southern Africa and on aid policies. He is also a project director for CMI’s work on emerging powers.

Moderator: Ottar Mæstad, Director CMI

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