The panel focuses attention on how African countries negotiate their development options within a development policy context in which two conflicting approaches to aid and cooperation prevail.
Africa is experiencing a resource led economic boom within an international context marked by two conflicting trends that are likely to have a major impact on Africa's development in the coming years. On the one hand, the new aid architecture pursued by Development Cooperation Directorate (DCD-DAC) countries emphasizes policy reform over aid transfers within the general framework of market liberalism and new institutionalism. On the other hand, new players such as the so-called BRICS economies have placed commercial interest over (good) governance considerations. The aim of this panel is to discuss how these conflicting interests play out and are experienced on the ground. More specifically, the panel invites papers that discuss (a) the local political and social processes unleashed by these conflicting interests, (b) the manner in which donors and foreign companies negotiate their presence in those settings and, generally, (c) the options which the new situation makes available to African countries to chart a new course in their quest for political and economic progress while at the same time yielding new frameworks for a redefinition of development policy and practice. Papers should bear in particular on cases relating to contexts within which mineral and natural resources are at stake. Both theoretical as well as empirical papers are welcome.