Consultative Workshop on Structural Stability in an African Context
31 March–1 April 2003, Uppsala, Sweden
During late 2000, a number of German scholars in African
Studies initiated a policy debate through a widely circulated and publicly
discussed “Afrika Memorandum”. It offers a new conceptual
approach towards foreign and aid policy issues on Africa, centred on
the notion of structural stability. The concept has since been resulting
in a wide range of both affirmative and critical responses and produced
a lively debate among scholars, policy makers and aid bureaucrats. Its
arguments are relevant not only for a German audience. They offer stimulating
and thought provoking inputs for a debate in the wider European context
of bi- and multilateral relations with Africa too.
The Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala therefore took the initiative to arrange for an exchange between these German scholars and a wider Nordic audience, representing academic as well as policy and aid institutions. This workshop had a similar character to the Consultative Workshop organized during March 2001 at the Institute on Regionalism and Regional Integration in Africa (see for further reference the Discussion Paper 11 published afterwards).
The workshop was subdivided into three sessions, dealing with economic aspects of the African crisis, structural stability as a leitmotiv for African policies and finally with NEPAD and structural stability. The workshop concluded with a panel of scholars and representatives from Nordic state agencies, reflecting the main lessons learnt. A Discussion Paper based on the contributions to the event is currently in preparation.
For additional information, contact Nina.Klinge-Nygard@nai.uu.se