Please note that the proposals for the panel I am organizing in the African Connections Conference at Leipzig University, Germany, has been extended from 30 November to 15 December 2017. The conference will take place from 27 to 30 June 2018. The information on the panel and other specifications are below. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have more questions, and submit your proposals to me at

Best regards,

Ana Beatriz Ribeiro, MA Global Studies

GSGAS, Leipzig


VAD2018 panel – Beyond BRICS: Developing Sub-Saharan African states as foreign aid donors

Much has been said in academia and the media about South-South Cooperation with the so-called BRICS and other emerging powers as foreign aid donors and less developed states as recipients, many of them in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, not much has been written or discussed about foreign aid being given by states classified by international organizations at lower levels than emerging or middle powers. Meanwhile, the entrepreneurial classes in countries such as Mozambique – classified as one of the world’s least developed –  are growing, expanding their capital and demanding more shares and autonomy in projects with foreign participation on their soil. This state, for one, reports to be giving humanitarian aid in times of disasters and conflict, to Africa, Afghanistan, even Japan, and having ideas for development cooperation projects with neighbors. In this state philosophy, development is a package that includes both technical cooperation and the commercial projects resulting from them, aiming to increase productivity above all and espousing the idea that the dividends from extractive industries will spill over into other sectors of the economy, diversifying it and ultimately reducing dependency on foreign donors. This panel welcomes proposals for papers dealing with any Sub-Saharan African state (besides South Africa) that is actively engaging in giving any sort of foreign “aid” or “cooperation” (e.g. humanitarian, development, security) – alternatively, it could be a state that seems to be preparing to do so via the growth of its entrepreneurial-political leadership. All disciplines and perspectives are welcome, from discursive to ethnographic to classic international relations.


All paper proposals (maximum 250 words) must be submitted by email directly to the panel convenors by 15 December 2017. Proposals will be provisionally accepted or rejected until 31 January 2018.

Each individual may make only one paper presentation. Individuals may chair or co-chair or serve as a discussant on one panel or roundtable, in addition to making one presentation. Paper presenters must register for the conference in order to be listed in the conference programme.

For information about the biennial African Studies Association Germany (VAD e.V.) conference 2018, please contact us at Website:

Contact Info:

Ana Beatriz Ribeiro

Graduate School Global and Area Studies (GSGAS), Leipzig, Germany

Mobile: +49 162 514 6192

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