Gabrielle Cusson will present a paper at the annual Society of Latin America Studies Conference at Aberdeen University, Scotland, on April 17-18 2015.
Her presentation will be presented as a part of the panel on Latin America and South-South development cooperation :
"Brazil's South South Cooperation with Africa; a win win Relationship ? The case of biofuels production in Mozambique"
Brazil is now recognized as an emerging actor in international development cooperation considering its financial investments and the deployment of its many technical cooperation projects. Despite its cooperation in its own region, Brazil mobilizes a considerable amount of resources towards SSDC in Africa, and especially in Portuguese speaking countries, where it develops a "solidarity diplomacy". As an emergin power, Brazil has its own strategic, political and commercial interests. Therefore, it is relevant to ask ourselves if an emerging country can deploy a selfless SSDC policy and establish a win win relationship? This papers wishes to analyses whether Brazil's SSDC policy is motivated by principles of solidarity or is it a tool to consolidate its status as a global powerthe real motivations behind Brazil's SSDC towards Africa, through the controversial agricultural development projetc ProSAVANA.