Mozambique and Brazil – Forging New Partnerships or Developing Dependency?


This book critically investigates the expanding involvement of a leading emerging power, Brazil, in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, Mozambique. It focuses on the dynamics of Brazilian development assistance, its flagship engagement in Mozambique’s agricultural and resource sector and the burgeoning social ties that bind them together. With elites in Brazil and Mozambique celebrating the strengths of South-South Cooperation, there is an emerging belief that the two countries are on the path to forging a new development partnership. However, despite these official discourses, there is growing evidence that the conduct of Brazilian firms and the policies promoted by Brazilian development assistance projects are generating negative fallout within local communities and among local environmental activists. Indeed, the complexities of Brazil’s economic diplomacy and its private commercial interests, coupled with the involvement of everyone from Brazilian NGOs operating in the health sector to missionaries evangelising in rural towns in Mozambique, seem to affirm the unique characteristics of this growing relationship and the problems that it is facing in becoming truly sustainable.The book aims:

• To focus on the content of Brazil’s diversifying engagement with Mozambique, looking at the role of economic cooperation and development assistance in facilitating closer ties.
• To analyse the circumstances surrounding the rising conflicts over the specific application of Brazil’s South-South Cooperation strategies with Mozambique’s resource, and construction sectors, among others.
• To interrogate how social and cultural dimensions impact upon the penetration of Mozambican society by Brazilians.
• To assess whether Brazil-Mozambican ties, celebrated by elites in both countries as representing a new form of development cooperation, is in fact producing a distinctively new partnership.


Dr Chris Alden is a Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a senior research associate with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). Professor Alden taught International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1990 to 2000 where he conducted research into emerging powers, African and South African foreign policy and post-conflict peace building. His most recent publications are: ‘South Africa’s Symbolic Hegemony in Africa’ (with Maxi Schoeman) in International Politics 52; China and Mozambique: From Comrades to Capitalists (Jacana 2014) co-edited with Sergio Chichava; and ‘South Africa in the company of giants: the search for leadership in a transformed global order’ in International Affairs 89 (1) 2013 (with Maxi Schoeman).

Dr Sergio Chichava is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social and Economic Studies (IESE) in Mozambique, where he leads a new research programme on rising powers and development. Chichava has been lecturing on the Sociology of Politics and Mozambican Politics at Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, and has held fellowships at Oxford University and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His recent work focuses on the role of China and Brazil in Mozambique’s agriculture sector. His most recent publications are: China and Mozambique: From Comrades to Capitalists (Jacana 2014) co-edited with Chris Alden; Future Agriculture Consortium Working Paper 111 (2015); and Future Agriculture Consortium Working Paper 111 (with Natália Fingermann).

Dr Ana Cristina Alves is an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technical University, Singapore. She was a Senior Research Fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) from 2010–2014 and has published extensively on emerging powers in Africa. 

ISBN 978-1-4314-2519-8
GENRE Current Affairs
FORMAT Trade Paperback 
SIZE 235x155mm
EXTENT 200pp
RIGHTS World rights
RELEASE September 2017