Brazil-Africa Technical Co-operation: Structure, Achievements and Cahllenges

"Increasingly, Brazil is regarded both within and outside of Africa as a reliable development partner. In addition to the advantage of a greater cultural and linguistic proximity, significant geographical affinities give Brazil an edge over its competitors, especially in agricultural co-operation where it promises more efficient solutions based on tested programmes implemented in similar areas in Brazil. The policy brief offers an overview of Brazil’s technical co-operation with Africa, analysing the way it is structured, its major achievements so far and the challenges it faces at present. Such challenges include signs of institutional overstretch and contradictions. The sustainability of Brazil’s current pace of engagement depends on its capacity to adjust its structures and to ensure coherence between its normative rhetoric and the practices of its agents on the continent."