Originally written by Christina Stolte for Chatham House.

This briefing paper sets out to give an overview of Brazil’s activities in Africa and analyse its motives for engagement. It details the different activities, highlighting the basic principles and peculiarities of Brazil’s Africa policy. Click here to download the PDF.

  • Over the last decade, Brazil has expanded its engagement with Africa, doubling its diplomatic presence from 17 to 37 embassies.
  • New economic partnerships have been forged, raising trade with Africa in the same period from US$4.2 billion to US$27.6 billion.
  • Oil and other natural resources account for 90% of Brazil’s imports from the continent and Brazilian investment is focused mainly on Lusophone Africa.
  • Brazilian policy-makers see Africa’s biggest potential as providing a consumer market for their country’s manufactured goods.
  • Brazil also uses its Africa policy as a means to achieve its foreign policy goal of being recognized as a major power.
  • South–South cooperation is a key driver of Brazil’s Africa policy as it is seeking support for a permanent UN Security Council seat.
  • Brazil advocates South–South cooperation projects that are based on its own development experience. Biomedical and health research and agricultural research have been turned into effective foreign policy instruments.