Aid, governance and sustainable development in Africa
This policy brief discusses the link between aid, governance and development in the context of global justice, and argues that the EU must address poor governance on the African continent in its bilateral negotiations.
The EU’s Aid-for-Trade policy has contributed to high levels of economic growth in Africa during the past two decades. However, economic growth is not translating into development across the continent mainly because the beneficiaries of growth are the political and business elites within African countries and the multinational corporations that are exploiting minerals and other resources on behalf of these local elites. If the EU’s trade policies are to contribute to global justice on the continent, addressing poor governance must be a key factor in bilateral negotiations.
The GLOBUS project has attempted to analyse whether and how trade between the EU and Africa has contributed to global justice. There is some evidence to suggest that trade has contributed to ‘justice as mutual recognition’.
Pundy Pillay, Wits School of Governance