From India and Africa’s Partnership, this chapter takes a look at how India’s interests in Africa have shifted to more economic-focused initiatives.
India’s long-standing involvement in African affairs has only recently shifted to the pursuit of economic interests (the economic-diplomacy angle of this switch is discussed further in Chap. 5). Operating under the shadow of media frenzy over China’s decade-long economic thrust into the continent, the Indian presence has gone relatively unnoticed outside sectoral engagements in some African countries. And yet in many respects the Indian position on Africa is characterized by a diversity and depth that set it apart from other emerging (and even traditional) powers engaged in continental affairs. From global multinational Tata to hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises, the foundational dimensions of Indian interests in Africa argue for a stronger representation in economic affairs commensurate with this broad-based position.
- Publication year: 2015
- Content type: Book chapter (ch.4 pp61-81)
- Form of cooperation: Comprehensive (lines of credit, grants and loans, and technical assistance).
- Cooperation context: Bilateral
- Region (country): Africa
- Sector: Multisectoral
- Institution (publication): London School of Economics and Political Science
- Author (and co-authors): Chris Alden and Raj Verma
- Keywords: Southern African Development Community, African National Congress, African Development, Indian Firm, Development Assistance Committee
- Link: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-81-322-2619-2_4