CAS- JNU and ASA India Web-Symposium Series on Mapping Africas Global Engagement by Reconfiguring African Studies: Discussion Country: Japan. organised by Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru university, New Delhi and African Studies Association of India in collaboration with Institute of International Relations & Area Studies, Ritsumeikan University, Japan on Saturday, 5th December 2020, from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM, Indian Standard Time, at WebEx Meet platform hosted at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Recent Conferences
International Webinar on May 5th 2020
Talk by President of African Development Bank at IIC organiseded by ASA/PRIASA on 1st February2013
Round Table on "China in Francophone and Anglophone Africa: Implications on India", 24th August 2012 at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Conference to Establish Asian Africannist Network at Seoul, Korea on 27-29 April 2012
Symposium on “Indian Diaspora in Francophone and Lusophone Africa: Comparing Opportunities for Indian Foreign Policies” 27th September 2011,Conference Room-001 School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University
Talk by Nigerian Foreign Minister on 17th April 2011 at 5 PM
International seminar on 'India-Africa Enduring Partnership: Emerging Areas of Co-operation' at Mumbai organised by African Studies Association of India (ASA India) and Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai on 2-3 March, 2011
Round Table on "Democratic Tremors in North Africa: Implications for India", 9th February 2011 at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Public lecture cum discussion by Prof. Denis Venter on "The Imperatives of Democracy and Governance for African Renewal" at Conference Hall I, India International Centre on 27th January 2011 at 6:30 PM
ASA Interaction with visiting Journalist from Africa January 2011
International Seminar on India and South Africa: Political, Economic, Strategic and Diaspora Relations, 2-3 December, 2010 in collaboration with ASA India and IIC
Lecture cum discussion with Highcommissioner of the Republic of Gambia, 9th November 2010
Round Table on China and Africa: Perspective from India on 7th September 2010 at SIS, JNU
A talk by Prof. Peggy Levitt, 18 August 2010 at IIC
Teaching , Researching and Resourcing African Studies in India" on 19th March 2010 at Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
International Seminar on “India and Africa: An Emerging Partnership” SIOS and Teen Murti Bhavan in Collaboration with ASA India on 4-5th March 2010, Inaguration by External Affairs Minister Mr. S. M. Krishna and Valedictory by MOS Sashi Tharoor
International Seminar on India and Africa: Partnership for Capacity Building and Human Resource Development organized by African Studies Association of India in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) & IIC on 9-10 Feb. 2010
South Africa under Globalisation: Issues in Foreign Policy and Development at New Delhi (JNU) on 11-12 Nov 2009
Asia - Sudan Internation Seminar organised in collaboration with Denmark School of International Studies at New Delhi (at IIC) on 10-11 Nov. 2009
International Seminar on India and SADC: Role and Importance of South Africa’ , Organised by African Studies Association of India and Punjabi University on 9-10 October 2009 at Punjabi University, Patiala.
International Seminar on India and North Africa under Globalization’ Organised by African Studies Association of India and Academy of Academy of Third World Studies on 18-19 February 2009 at JMI New Delhi.
India and Africa: Developmental Experiences and Bilateral Cooperation”at Walkito University on 8-9 December 2014

Call for Papers

African Studies Association of India (ASA India), New Delhi and Centre for African Studies, JNU, New Delhi in collaboration with  the Wolkite University, Ethiopia is organizing an international seminar on India and Africa: Developmental Experiences and Bilateral Cooperation” which will be held at Wolkite University, Ethiopia on 8-9 December 2014.
Concept Note
India and Africa: Development Experiences and Bilateral Cooperation
By the end of the 20th Century India and Africa witnessed a new turn in their relations. There were many strands of old linkages that continued but many rallying points of 20th century like decolonization and racial discrimination disappeared. Others like Afro- Asian resurgence, Non- Aligned Movement (NAM) and Collective Self Reliance of South were subsumed by post-cold war international architecture and globalization that emerged.
Two new developments at the global level impacted Indo- African relations in a significant ways. The first was the advent of globalization. It drastically affected the domestic scenario of both India and Africa. It also threw the new directions, imperatives and parameters for international relations. Both regions shifted their priorities and partners of development from the traditional system. The second factor was the rise of India and China as fast growing economies and aspiring global powers which replaced traditional powers in Africa by becoming the important, benign and dependable partners. Indian engagement in Africa is further strengthened by presence of over 3 million People of Indian Origin in Africa and due to changed Indian policy to proactively engage its Diaspora globally.
Rapid growth of India changed Indian priorities, imperatives and needs. India’s growing clout in international affairs and its fast growing economy led to its search for an economic engagement overseas. India’s closer relations with the West, since the 1990’s, gave it the ease to restructure its domestic economy and extend its economic engagement with Asia and Africa. India added an economic dimension to its cooperation with African countries in terms of trade, investment, energy security. Most importantly it presented a partnership model of economic cooperation in capacity building and human resource and infrastructure development.
On the other hand after decade of negative growth rate, African countries are experiencing a positive growth rate over 5%. Many of them are successfully perusing market led growth under globalization. Emerging democratic countries like India can share its developmental experiences of growth, equity diversity management and cooperate in many areas for their mutual gain.
One of the defining features of new India’s policy towards Africa is the introduction of India Africa Forum Summits (IAFS ) at New Delhi (2008) which was repeated after 3 years at Addis Ababa. Indian announced over US$10 billion of economic aid packages under unique and enabling Banjul formula proposed by Africa Union. It was a response to India’s growing gainful involvement in Africa in trade, investment, energy, infrastructure sector,. It was to reciprocate Africa on terms and demand of its collective strength as expressed through African Union and its Banjul formula. The U turn of India position from an Aid recipient country to an Aid sharing country came only by its Aid to African region. The two successive India-Africa Forums Summits spelt out framework for cooperation between Africa and India. It emphasized the rich history of Africa-India relationship and the existing close and multi-dimensional ties between two sides. ‘Summit Declarations’ offered a direction to Indo-African relations in the coming years, and provided a framework for the establishment of a new, stable partnership based on equality, mutual respect and gains between two regions. It also establishes a blueprint for India-Africa co-operation in political, economic, social development. The ‘Framework for Co-operation’ lists several areas (and sub-areas) like science, technology, research, social development, tourism, infrastructure, energy and environment, education and technical training. It lists a number of focus areas of cooperation for instance, agriculture, trade, regional integration, peace, security, ICT, capacity building and human resource development.
The proposed seminar will therefore, cover comparative developmental issues of India and Africa and their emerging developmental cooperation focusing on the following sub-themes, though not necessarily confined to them:
·         Conceptual Framework of India Africa Relations: Comparative Analysis
·         Experiences, Issues and Challenges of Developmental and Governance in India and African Countries : A Comparative Analysis
·         Globalization, Emerging Powers and Indian Engagement in Africa: Opportunities, Issues and  Challenges
·         India and Africa : Diasporas as a Resource
·         India and Ethiopia: Experiences and Opportunity in Development, Governance and Bilateral Cooperation.
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Abstract acceptance and other practicalities
The conference organizers are accepting abstracts for the same. Please submit your abstract (Max.250 words) by 10th June 2014. The abstract selection will be communicated by 20th June 2014. All those whose abstracts are accepted need to submit a draft paper of 5000 words by 15th of September 2014 and final paper by 1st November 2014 on emails given below.
There will be no registration fee. Free accommodations, conference kits and meals during the conference will be provided to those participants whose draft and final papers are received by the due date.
Pleased send your abstracts and a short CV to Conference Co-Chairs, Prof. Ajay Dubey, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi at, and copy marked to Prof. Krishna Shekhar Lal Das, Wolkite University, Ethiopia at .
Posted on:07-May-2014
Programme Announcements
International Webinar on 15th May 2020
International Webinar on 5th May 2020
Conference on "India and Africa in 21st Century: Experiences and Issues of Governance, Development and Foreign Policies" by PRIASA, New Delhi and OSSREA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 11 December 2014 at OSSREA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Development, Diaspora and International Relations of African Countries at Walkite University, Ethiopia on 10th December 2014
India and Africa: Developmental Experiences and Bilateral Cooperation”at Walkito University on 8-9 December 2014