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
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



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





14:50 hrs-15:00 hrs: Connect Via Cisco WebEx

15:00 hrs -15:05 hrs: Welcome and Opening Remarks, Prof Ajay Dubey, Chairperson: Centre for African Studies JNU, and Secretary General, ASA India

15:05 hrs-15:15 hrs: Inaugural Remarks, Prof. M Jagdesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

15:15 hrs-15:20 hrs:Introductory Remarks, Prof Aparajita Biswas, President, ASA India

15:20 hrs-15:35 hrs: Keynote Address, Prof. Chris Alden, London School of Economics(LSE), London

15:35 hrs-15:45 hrs:Prof Maria Nzomo, Director, Centre for Diplomatic and International Studies, Nairobi University

15:45 hrs-15:55 hrs: Prof. Anand Singh, Kwa-zulu Natal University, Durban, South Africa

15:50 hrs -16:05 hrs: Dr. Genet Teshome, Deputy Ethiopian Ambassador to China, Beijing

16:05 hrs-16:15 hrs: Dr. Philip Gieg, Wurzburg University, Germany

16:15 hrs -17:10 hrs: Interactive Session: (Short Observations:Prof Yaruingam (DU), Prof Tribhuvan Prasad (DU), Dr Sushmita Rajwar (DU),  Dr Bijay Pratihari (JMI), Dr Neha Sinha (ICWA), Ms Ruchita Beri (IDSA), Dr Jamal Moosa (JNU), Dr Gayattri Dikshit (JNU), Aarshi Dua (JNU),Samir Bhattacharya (JNU). &

Question & Answers.

17:10 hrs-17:15 hrs: Concluding Remarks,  Amb Shashank, Former Foreign Secretary and Chairman ASA India

17:15 hrs: Vote of Thanks,  Prof Aparajita Biswas, President 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.


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