In recent years, China and India have become the most important economic partners of Africa and their footprints are growing by leaps and bounds, transforming Africa's international relations in a dramatic way. Although the overall impact of China and India's engagement in Africa has been positive in the short-term, partly as a result of higher returns from commodity exports fuelled by excessive demands from both countries, little research exists on the actual impact of China and India's growing involvement on Africa's economic transformation.
This book examines in detail the opportunities and challenges posed by the increasing presence of China and India in Africa, and proposes critical interventions that African governments must undertake in order to negotiate with China and India from a stronger and more informed platform.
Fantu Cheru is the Research Director at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden and Emeritus Professor of International Development at the School of International Service, American University in Washington, DC. Previously, he was a member of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Panel on Mobilizing International Support for the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) as well a Convener of the Global Economic Agenda Track of the Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy. Cheru also served as the UN's Special Raporteur on Foreign Debt and Structural Adjustment for the UN Commission for Human Rights in Geneva from 1998-2001. Dr. Cheru's previous publications include: African Renaissance: Roadmaps to the Challenges of Globalization (2002): The Millennium Development Goals: Mobilizing Resources to Tackle World Poverty (2005); Ethiopia: Options for Rural Development (1990); The Silent Revolution in Africa: Debt, Development and Democracy (1989). His articles have appeared in Third World Quarterly, World Development, Review of African Political Economy, International Affairs, and Review of International Political Economy, among others. Cheru also serves on the editorial board of a number of international journals. Dr. Cyril Obi is a Senior Researcher, and Leader, Research Cluster on Conflict, Displacement and Transformation at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden. He has been on leave since 2005 from the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, where he is an Associate Research Professor. In 2004, Dr. Obi became the second Claude Ake Professor at the University of Uppsala. He had earlier received international recognition/awards: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Governance Institute fellow in 1993; fellow of the Salzburg Seminar in 1994; SSRC-MacArthur Foundation visiting fellow in 1996; visiting fellow to the African Studies Centre (ASC), Leiden in 1998; and visiting Post-Doc fellow to St. Anthony's College Oxford in 2000. In 2001, he was a fellow of the 21st Century Trust, Conference on 'Rethinking Security for the 21st Century', also held at Oxford. He is a contributing editor to the Review of African Political Economy, and is on the editorial board of the African Journal of International Affairs, the African Security Review and the Review of Leadership in Africa. Dr. Obi has been a Guest Editor to journals such as African and Asian Studies, and African Journal of International Affairs.