1st Edition

Africa–Europe Cooperation and Digital Transformation

Edited By Chux Daniels, Benedikt Erforth, Chloe Teevan Copyright 2023
    272 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Africa–Europe Cooperation and Digital Transformation explores the opportunities and challenges for cooperation between Africa and Europe in the digital sphere.

    Digitalisation and digital technologies are not only essential for building competitive and dynamic economies; they transform societies, pose immense challenges for policymakers, and increasingly play a pivotal role in global power relations. Digital transformations have had catalytic effects on African and European governance, economies, and societies, and will continue to do so. The COVID-19 pandemic has already accelerated the penetration of digital tools all over the globe and is likely to be perceived as a critical juncture in how and to what purpose the world accepts and uses new and emerging technologies. This book offers a holistic analysis of how Africa and Europe can manage and harness digital transformation as partners in a globalised world. The authors shed light on issues ranging from economic growth, youth employment, and gender, to regulatory frameworks, business environments, entrepreneurship, and interest-driven power politics. They add much-needed perspectives to the debates that shape the two continents’ digital transformation and innovation environments.

    This book will interest practitioners working in the areas of innovation, digital technologies, and digital entrepreneurship, as well as students and scholars of international relations. It will also be relevant for policymakers, regulators, decision-makers, and leaders in Africa and Europe.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    Vera Songwe

    Jutta Urpilainen

    1 Digitalisation for Transformation: New Frontiers for Africa–Europe Cooperation
    Chux Daniels, Benedikt Erforth, and Chloe Teevan

    2 The EU–AU Digital Partnership: Between Digital Geopolitics and Digital Sovereignty
    Kerstin Fritzsche and Daniel Spoiala

    3 The Spread of Chinese Surveillance Tools in Africa: A Focus on Ethiopia and Kenya
    Bulelani Jili

    4 The Artificial Intelligence – Biotech Revolution in Africa
    Eleonore Pauwels and Klaus Tilmes

    5 African Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Need to Digitally Transform to Benefit from the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
    Tunde Fafunwa and Fola Odufuwa

    6 Digitalisation, Globalisation, and COVID-19: Unpacking the Opportunities for African Labour Markets
    Karishma Banga

    7 Digitalise to Industrialise: Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and the Africa–Europe Partnership
    Karim El Aynaoui, Larabi Jaïdi, and Akram Zaoui

    8 Digital Water: An Analysis of EU and US Digital Water Initiatives in Africa
    Tamanna Ashraf

    9 Digitalisation and Revenue Mobilisation in Ghana: The Role of Evidence-Based Stakeholder Engagements
    Andrew Agyei-Holmes, Bernardin Senadza, and Felix Ankomah Asante

    10 Where Privacy Meets Politics: EU–Kenya Cooperation in Data Protection
    Benedikt Erforth and Charles Martin-Shields

    11 Digitalisation in Science and Technology Policy: Engagement, Alignment, and Misalignment Between the European Union and South African Data Protection and Privacy Frameworks
    Michael Gastrow and Rachel Adams

    12 Putting People at the Centre of Digital Policy: Mechanisms for Citizen Engagement in Nigeria
    Joe Abah, Krista Baptista, Connor MacKenzie, and Anand Varghese

    13 Digital Skills in Africa: Prospects for AU–EU Collaboration
    Sajitha Bashir and Chux Daniels

    14 Digitalisation and Transformative Learning for Sustainable Futures in Rural Africa: Leaving No One Behind
    Niyanta Shetye, Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Eike Albrecht, Sarah Durr, Dirk Marx, Dumisani Chirambo, Luke Metelerkamp, and Verena van Zyl-Bulitta

    15 Feminist Digital Development: The Missing Jigsaw Piece in the European Union’s Strategic Partnership with Africa
    Zuzana Sladkova and Sumbal Bashir

    16 Fostering Prosperity for African Female Entrepreneurs: Opportunities for AU–EU Cooperation in Digital Entrepreneurship Networks
    Francine Beleyi


    Chux Daniels is Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and Director of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) Africa Hub, both at the University of Sussex Business School, UK. He is also a Senior Fellow at the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), Ghana, and visiting faculty at the Universities of Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Benedikt Erforth is Senior Researcher in the Programme Transnational- and International Cooperation at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), where he co-leads the "Megatrends Afrika" project.

    Chloe Teevan is Head of Digital Economy and Governance at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), the Netherlands. She is also a non-resident scholar with the North Africa and Sahel programme at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, USA.

    "This book provides expert insights and thoughtful perspectives that are immensely useful for policymakers and stakeholders in understanding innovation and digital opportunities for Africa–Europe cooperation. This is must for your reading list."

    Rob Floyd, Director for Innovation and Digital Policy at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), Ghana

    "It is encouraging to see that the authors of this book have made an important contribution to guide the discourse on digital development and North–South collaboration towards a much-needed holistic awareness of digital challenges and opportunities, while addressing many of the SDGs."

    Dimo Calovski, Economic Affairs Officer at the UNCTAD, Switzerland