The discourse on Africa is shifting. In the past, famine, disease, and conflict made headlines. In recent years, the narrative around Africa has been more optimistic. Sustained economic growth rates, the world’s fastest-growing middle class, and a shift toward good governance in a number of African countries have led to positive assessments, heightened expectations, and rising foreign direct investment.
Canada Among Nations 2013, Canada-Africa Relations: Looking Back, Looking Ahead explores the rich history of engagement between Canada and Africa, and considers future directions these relations may take. The book highlights challenges in moving beyond aid and natural resource management to deepen Canada’s relationship with sub-Saharan African nations. The book calls for a balanced and mutually beneficial partnership with Africa that will maximize benefits for both Africans and Canadians.
Contributors suggest what this new partnership should look like under five broad themes: foreign policy and diplomacy; security and conflict management; trade, investment and governance; development and health; and research capacity.
Since 1984, Canada Among Nations has brought together leading Canadian and foreign scholars and practitioners to assess Canada’s foreign policy. A product of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, the 2013 edition marks the first of three years in which NPSIA and the Centre for International Governance Innovation will work together on the series, with support from IDRC.
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