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UK Africa Policy after Labour - ESRC Seminar Series

Seminar 5

British Africa policy after Labour: Coalition, austerity, continuity and change

1 July 2015, Oxford Brookes University

About the Seminar

This was the fifth seminar in an ESRC-funded series on UK Africa policy after Labour. Trade has long been seen as playing a (perhaps too) dominant role in UK-Africa relations. This seminar considered bilateral trade relations and the role of the coalition government in influencing both EU trade negotiations with Africa, and the multilateral agenda within the World Trade Organisation. In addition it focused on the continued growth of fair trade markets in the UK and their consequences for African development. The UK is also home to a vast array of non-state actors such as the Trade Justice Movement, who seek to lobby the UK government on its trade policy. The seminar also considered their role and effectiveness in shaping the debate on UK-Africa trade relations.

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Liz May, Head of Policy, Traidcraft

'Challenging the UK Government to bring fairer trade closer: reigning in the supermarkets, re-thinking investment agreements and delivering access to justice'. The presentation can be heard here.

Stephen Hurt, Oxford Brookes University

'British Campaigns for African Development: The Trade Justice Movement'. The presentation can be heard here.

Robin Gwynn, FCO Additional Director for Africa, and UK Envoy for the Sudans, 2011-13; since early 2014 has been a business consultant on Africa, with Lonrho and other companies

'The development and significance of the UK government's view of trade relations with Africa'. The presentation can be heard here.

Peg Murray-Evans, University of York

'Agency, Resistance and Regional Disunity: Negotiating an Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Southern Africa'. The presentation can be heard here.

John Hilary, Executive Director, War on Want

'Trade, investment and the 21st Century Scramble for Africa'. The presentation can be heard here.

BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group