Brazil's South-South Cooperation with Africa 2003-2013: a decade of Brazilian outreach towards its Atlantic neighborhood


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Christina Stolte

Fellow Research, CEBRI; enrolled in the doctoral program, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

During the past decade, the African continent has witnessed a steep rise in Brazilian presence. The South American power has increased its diplomatic representations from 17 to 37 between 2003 and 2013, now holding more embassies in Africa than traditional Great Powers like Great Britain. Brazil’s diplomatic outreach towards its neighboring continent has been accompanied by an equally active travel diplomacy. Former President Lula da Silva, who travelled Africa 12 times and visited 29 different countries (MRE 2010; 2011) is still holding the title of the head of state that has most visited the continent. While continuing to foster good relations with African countries through his think tank ‘Instituto Lula’ which has seized the role of an ‘Africa ministry’ that frequently receives African missions and organizes visits to the continent (Instituto Lula 2014), current Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is also courting the African continent. Despite the fact that she is not known as a frequent traveler, during the anniversary year of 2013, which marked a decade of renewed Brazilian engagement in Africa, President Rousseff made three trips to the African continent.

Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais