Raising business awareness between the EU and Africa

This course is part of the training Bachelor in Business Management.

4 credit points

Course level
Introductory or advanced
Good knowledge of micro- and macroeconomics
students are able to do research, make analyses and work on papers, assignments independently
students are able to work in team
students are generally able to adapt to foreign cultures
students are able to contribute to discussions in English
students are able to fluently read and write English
students are willing to learn German and give the African culture a chance
enthusiast, willing to learn
open minded
critical, yet not arrogant
eager to function in a multicultural environment
longing for international experience
willing to give and receive feedback; able to cope with negative feedback
stress resistant
motivated and not easily giving up
having an own opinion, while at the same time being able to listen to others

Course prerequisites (start competences)
At least student in the second year

Course description & goals (final competences)

In recent times, there have been much discussion about Africa’s poverty and stagnation. It is widely acknowledged that poverty and economic stagnation in Africa is the greatest tragedy of the twenty-first century. This has led to a number of reports to be published, suggesting policies to tackle Africa’s twin problems (Millennium Report 05, Commission for Africa Report 05 Sachs 05).
It is argued that forty years ago, Africa was richer than Asia, and the Continent of Asia was the poorest continent yet, it is now the fastest growing economy and poverty has been reduced in many countries in Asia. Even though Africa is blessed with most mineral resources, such as oil, gold, diamonds and other high value natural resources. .So what might have gone wrong in Africa? Many explanations have been offered for Africa’s poor performance in terms of poverty reduction and economic growth
In this course, students will learn about what Africa and the world community can do to change the situation. The goal is to impart to students the skills and knowledge needed to understand Public debate on Africa’s relationship with EU and the rest of the world ,and to able to apply the knowledge acquired here to solve the problems of Africa and poor developing countries.

Table of contents
Part 1. Africa relationship with EU: The case for Action.
1. Overview of the Course.
2  The Lost decades: Legacy and causes.

Part 2: African’s relationship with EU and the rest of the World.
3.  Through African Eyes: Culture.
4.  Governance and Capacity Building.
5.  The Need for Peace and Security.
6. Leaving No One Out: Investing in People.
7. Going from Growth and Poverty Reduction.
8.  More trade and Fairer Trade.
9.  Finances. Where will the Resources come from?
1. Scaling up Aid to Ghana.
2. Scaling up Aid to Ethiopia
3.  Scaling up Aid to Mali.
4.  Allocating Development Assistance to Poverty Reduction.
5.  The Productive Absorption of Additional Aid to Africa.
6. Draft Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States.
7. Botswana Graduating from Aid.
8.  Possible Actions for Further Debt Relief.
9. Making it Happen
9.1. Introduction: commitment and delivery.
9.2. African leadership and World partnership.
9.3. Clarity of action and basis in evidence.
9.4. Institution for delivery
9.4.1. Multilateral African institution.
9.4.2. The global institutions.
9.5. A stronger African voice in institutional organisations.
9.6. Scrutiny, measurement and accountability.
9.7. Political will.
9.8. Recommendations and Discussions on how to make all these happen.

Teaching method

The course is taught by theory inputs and facilitated discussions. In the second part of the course students apply their knowledge to selected case studies. They are given feedback and further clarification by the instructor.

Course material

The Report on commission for Africa. Department of International Development . Glasgow. Scotland. 2005. Free of charge.
Investing in People. A practical Plan to Achieve Millennium Development Goals. Report to the UN Secretary General. 2005. Free of Charge. UNDP. New York.
Jeffrey Sachs. The End of Poverty. Economic possibilities of Our Time. Penguin Press New York. 2005 $27
Jeffrey D. Sachs. Public Lecture ON Poverty Reduction in the Islamic World. Lessons
From the UN Millennium Project. 2005. Free of Charge.
From Cairo to Lisbon.: The EU and Africa Working together for a New Partnership. Lisbon. 2003
Paul Collier. The Economic causes of Civil Conflict and their Implications for policy. World
Bank. 2000. Free of charge.
Rigged Rules and Double Standards: Trade, globalisation and the fight against poverty. Oxfam 2002 No price is given.
Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics. Towards pro poor policies, aid, Institutions, and globalisation. Europe 2003 Oxford university Press New York $ 22
Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics. The New Agenda. 2003. New
York. $ 22.

Examination and assessment method
To be agreed on with the lecturer (written test at the end or during the semester, papers, etc.)

Any retake of the courses is generally only possible during the period of July 8 – July 31 following the winter term in which the RIBA courses have been taken the first time. Individual arrangements may only be fixed in direct contact between and mutual agreement of the failing students and the responsible lecturer. (Both the academic and institutional coordinators (Prof. Dr. Nagengast and Dr. von Randow) have to be informed.)

Information lecturer
Dr. Martin Owusu