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INDIAFRICA: A Shared Future

To complement the government to government and business to business initiatives, INDIAFRICA aims to bring the people of India and Africa closer and help partner shape the future of these two geographies by engaging their youth, INDIAFRICA: A Shared Future has been conceptualized by IdeaWorks Design and Strategy Pvt Ltd with support from the Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

INDIAFRICA: A Shared Future, ever since its inception in 2011 has been engaging the youth in India and Africa through contests, fellowships, collaborative projects, internships, events and cultural exchanges. The programme is multifaceted, with youth being its target audience and has been structured to build up the ecosystem amongst multiple stakeholders such as, institutions, organisations, think-­‐tanks, corporates and governments.

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INDIA AND AFRICA: A Brief Background

Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent comprising of 54 countries. With over 1 billion people, it accounts for about 15% of the world's human population. It is roughly over ten times the size of India.

India is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world.

India has more than 50% of its population below the age of 25 and more than 65% below the age of 35. In most African states, half or more of the population is under 25 years of age.

The Indian government has been actively working with African governments through various Government-to- Government initiatives.

Building institutions
India and Africa are working together to build democratic developmental institutions. Every year, over 3000 people from Africa including parliamentarians, civil servants and technocrats visit India for various training and capacity building programmes.

Building networks
Countries from Africa have collaborated with India to build key developmental and governance institutions in areas such as agriculture, foreign trade, micro-finance, entrepreneurship development, infrastructure building and healthcare to name a few. The Pan Africa e-network is a great example of India’s intervention in Africa.

Building capacity
India is extending about 22,000 scholarships for the next 3 years to African students and professionals to help them become change agents to lead their respective societies to a better future. There are also training programmes and exchanges that have been put into place. One good example is the one cited by the NID director of empowering the local African crafts communities through design intervention.

Foundations for the Future
India is contributing over US$ 1 billion by 2014 to establish training facilities across the African continent. These include institutes for development of human resource, agriculture and science and technology. They will also impart value addition in areas like textiles, food processing and the like.

Building Business
Across sectors, Indian enterprises are investing in Africa in a big way. These enterprises are contributing to Africa’s domestic and export economies.

Generating Employment
Indian companies are well known for employment generation in their host countries, transfer of technology, building local investments and contributing to intra-african trade. They also undertake their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) seriously.

Profitable Partnerships
Automobiles, Pharmaceuticals, Horticulture, Farm equipment, Telecommunications, Oil & Gas, FMCG.
Since 2005, Indian companies have invested over US$ 50 billion in Africa.

Funding the Future
India provides soft loans through line of credit for the development of its African partners. Currently US$ 5 billion is available between 2011-1014 for supporting infrastructural development, regional integration and other development objectives to African countries. Since 2003, nearly US$ 10 billion in credit has been made available to Africa.

Building Trust and Mutual Respect
In response to Africa’s integration processes, India has a 3-tier system of cooperation at the continental level with the African Union and the regional economic communities.

Building Relationships
Africa is home to a large Indian diaspora, who contribute to the continent’s society, culture and economy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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