As the world’s energy needs and sources are changing, major emerging economies such as India are looking to Africa to deliver alternate energy sources. This is all the more critical as India’s Integrated Energy Policy estimates that it has to sustain a growth rate of between 8% and 10% over the next 25 years to meet its human development goals and eradicate poverty. SAIIA’s latest research interrogates whether it is possible for India and Africa to arrive at a sustainable energy partnership against this background.
Beyond energy, Africa is also of strategic importance to India in the area of defence and security. India’s support in peacekeeping operations in Africa and its need to protect its own position in the Indian Ocean Rim, illustrates the advantages for both in security and maritime co-operation. But while the Indian Ocean generally sees increased activity in the energy security and maritime trade, Africa seems to be losing its zone of influence and lagging behind in maritime advancement.
SAIIA’s four new occasional papers provides contextual background to relations between India and Africa, an understanding of the complex geopolitical positioning in the Indian Ocean, and unpacks the strengths and weaknesses in relations between the two in the energy arena.
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Occasional Paper No 75:
By Shebonti Ray Dadwal
Occasional Paper No 76:
Evolving India-Africa Relations: Continuity and Change
By Ruchita Beri
Occasional Paper No 77:
Before and Beyond Energy: Contextualising the India-Africa Partnership
By Devika Sharma & Swati Ganeshan
Occasional Paper No 78:
Africa and the Geopolitics of the Indian Ocean
By Frank Van Rooyen