CAS,JNU & ASA India, Web-Symposium Series organised by Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru university (JNU), New Delhi and African Studies Association of India (ASA India) in collaboration with Institute of African Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea on "Mapping Africas Global Engagement by Reconfiguring African Studies (South Koreas Africa Engagement)" on Saturday, 10 October 2020, from 04:30PM to 06:45 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.
International Webinar on 15th May 2020

International Webinar



Africa And India During Corona Virus Crisis: New Challenges and  Opportunities in Cooperation


Organised by

Centre for African Studies, JNU

in collaboration with

African Studies Association of India (ASA India)

May 15th, 2020 from 3PM to 530PM (IST)

through Webex



Programme of Webinar



Connecting with Participants: 250 to 3:PM


Welcome:  by ModeratorProf. Ajay Dubey


Inaugural Remark at 3:05PM- 315PM: Prof Jagdish Kumar, VC,  JNU


Technical Session 320PM : 530PM


  Introductory Remarks: Prof Aparajita Biswas, President ASA India, Mumbai University.


     1. Keynote speaker:  Prof. Chris Alden, London School of Economics, London


     2. Prof. Maria Nzomo,  Director, Centre for Diplomatic Studies, Nairobi.


     3.Prof. Anand Singh, Kwazulu Natal University, Durban, South Africa


     4.Dr. Genet Tsheme, Deputy Ethiopian Ambassador to China, Beijing


     5. Dr. Philipp Geig, Wurzburg University, Germany


Concluding Remarks: Ambs Shashank, Former Foreign Secretary,  and Chairman, ASA India


Concept Note


Africa And India During Corona Crisis: New Challenges and Opportunities in Cooperation

The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 has created multiple challenges for the entire world. There are now more than over 42,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the African continent, with the number of deaths reported at around 1,800 and recoveries at 14,120. According to a report of the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, under the worst-case scenario with no interventions against the virus, Africa could see 3.3 million deaths and 1.2 billion infections. The healthcare system in Africa is very fragile and underfunded, with 41 countries having only 200 ventilators among them. Even South Africa, which has one of Africa’s best public health systems, has fewer than 1,000 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, of which 160 are in the private sector, for a population of 56m.

Coupled with the above, the UNECA report also warns of severe economic pain across Africa amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with growth contracting to 2.6% in the worst-case scenario and an estimated 27 million people pushed into extreme poverty. The World Bank has said that sub-Saharan Africa could fall into its first recession in a quarter-century.

 Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, India has been diplomatically bolstering its soft power. India has evacuated not only its own citizens from Wuhan province, the epicenter of the first COVID-19 outbreak, but also citizens from South Africa, and Madagascar, along with  other Indian Ocean Region countries. Secondly, India has emerged as a major supplier of hydroxychloroquine to many African countries in the fight against COVID-19.

India’s policy towards Africa is guided by its shared past and common future in this time of crisis. However, this policy is not in isolation from its current global policy -  in fact, it is part of India’s medical diplomacy and its new global role. Recently, there has been an unprecedented intensification of India’s political and economic engagement with Africa. As Prime Minister Modi has underlined, “African priorities are our priorities.” The COVID-19 crisis presents a key opportunity for India to solidify its status in Africa in the coming years, whereas the other major player, China, is facing challenges of retaining goodwill because of its perceived role in this crisis situation. India’s influence in Africa is expanding as it races to help the continent from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this backdrop, this international panel would like to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Africa’s economy and the potential challenges and problems of India-Africa relations  arising out of this crisis.

Posted on:11-May-2020
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