Since World War II Africa has been on the fringes of global economic discourse. The continent continues to be the subject global discourse with close to no substantive contribution on its fate. At the same time diplomacy has overtime gone from being the preserve of the ministries of foreign affairs and intelligence and security entities at multiple tiers. The first tier involves almost all ministries, agencies and departments that engage internationally in advancement of economic interests of countries. At the second tier lies a host of countries engaging at the regional and continental levels with a view to consolidating their interests in various sectoral spheres. Multilateral engagement entails the third tier where collective global interests are consolidated to foster global common good. Economic diplomacy finds its expression through either deployment of varied levers of state power to secure selfish economic interests or finding solutions to common and differentiated challenges facing the world. Depending on domestic, regional or international political, social and economic interests foreign commercial and financial relations in support of foreign policy may be manipulated to secure these interests.
Understanding economic diplomacy from utilitarian and through exercise of state power lenses is therefore key to understanding Africa’s place in the global economic and political discourse. This course is practice-oriented, and aims at capacity development at various levels of engagement starting from domestic, regional, continental and global levels.
Who Should Attend?
This course is intended for audiences working involved in active diplomacy, implementing the outcomes of international governance affairs and relations and negotiated outcomes. It targets government ministries, agencies, funding agencies, and research and development facilitating non-government and civil society organizations, journalists, staff of international and non-governmental organisations.
How will participants benefit?
• Appreciate trends international economic relations between countries
• Appreciate inter and intra relations between economic diplomacy and domestic priorities and objectives
• Understand the history and the architecture behind the international economic order and the role of nation states as well as international organisations.
• Understand institutional make up of international institutions and their roles as actors in economic diplomacy.
• Acquire practical knowledge on intergovernmental decision making and relevant processes
• Relate adaptation strategies to diplomatic and political circumstances
• Rationalise the roles of state and non-state actors including foreign and domestic actors
• Identify and Rationalise types and purposes of economic sanctions
• Understand the relationship between peace and security on one hand and economic interests of international actors
• The concept of economic diplomacy and its operation in the 21st century
• History and evolution of current world economic order from an African perspective
◦ Development paradigm of the 80s
◦ Washington Consensus
◦ Structural adjustment policies
• Current trends in the “framework condition” of international economic diplomacy and exchanges
• Economic diplomacy as a matter of concern for all government ministries, agencies and departments
• Regulatory environment and economic diplomacy in the domestic context
• The role of state and non-state actors and how economic diplomatic system works in the development of regional and “whole of country policies”
• Tools and levers of economic diplomacy
◦ Economic sanctions
◦ International Development Support Measures
◦ Economic dividends from conflicts and Securitisation of state relations
◦ Regional and International Organisations as economic diplomacy actors
• Economic Diplomacy in the context of international decision-making processes
• Strategic competition of biggest economies and implications on African countries
• The nexus between non-economic conventions and institutions and economic conventions and institutions
• South – South Cooperation, opportunities and limitations
• The role of global enterprises in economic diplomacy and policy making
• The unravelling of the international economic order – the rise of emerging developing countries and resulting discontents
• The practice of economic diplomacy from theory to practice – case studies