Renu Modi

Africa Expert

renu modi pic Renu Modi is a senior Lecturer and former Director (2008-2010) of the Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai. She is a political scientist from the Lady shri Ram College for women, Delhi University, who later received her Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Her recent books are, Beyond Relocation: the Imperative of Sustainable Resettlement ( ed. Sage, New Delhi, 2009) and South- South Cooperation: Africa on the Centre Stage ( ed. Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom, August 2011). She has written on issues of India-Africa economic relations, from a historical as well as a contemporary perspective, and has also served as the social development consultant with the Inspection Panel of the World Bank in 2005 .

Ph.D, the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi


African Studies, Indo-Africa relations

Last modified: June 16, 2017

Recent projects

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31 January 2014 Gateway House

African Union: accelerating agriculture

At the just-concluded African Union Summit in Ethiopia, speakers discussed the urgent need to focus on agriculture – which remains central to the African economies – by increasing investments and productivity. The summit was a time for reflection on the state of a sector that can transform the continent
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14 March 2013 Gateway House

The relevance of Gandhi in China today

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in Gandhian philosophy and values among Chinese citizens. Can the Mahatma’s philosophy of non-violence, social harmony, and environmental protection be applied to address issues facing present-day China?
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5 September 2012 Gateway House

Time to overhaul African healthcare

The propensity of Africa’s leaders to seek medical treatment abroad illustrates the little faith they have in their own healthcare systems. Given how countless Africans don’t have the resources to follow their leaders’ steps, there should be increased political will to make affordable healthcare available at home.
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16 August 2011 Palgrave Macmillan

Book excerpt: South-South Cooperation

Africa has gone from the periphery of global trade, international relations and politics to the centre of the world stage. Gateway House's Renu Modi contributes to a critical analysis of the ways in which Africa has seen this transition, thanks to its existing and potential economic prowess and purchasing power.
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24 June 2011 Two Billion Dreams

Book excerpt: Partnering for food security

In this chapter of ‘Two Billion dreams’, Renu Modi highlights the potential for India's experiences to provide unique support for Africa in their shared pursuit of food security. India’s investment of capital, technology, and political institutions can have a transformational effect on its partner in development.
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24 May 2011 Gateway House

India-Africa conclave:Creating possibilities

The India-Africa Conclave and other such platforms of interaction have played a pivotal role in engaging Africa with India’s growth story. Various Indian investments in agriculture and infrastructure, totalling over $20 billion, are soon to boost Africa's economies.
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1 July 2010 Africa Institute of South Africa

Indian communities in Africa

The trade winds that first brought Indian traders to the East African coast centuries ago, continue to be harnessed in a metaphoric sense with Indian industrial conglomerates and the government sector investments in petroleum, telecommunication, infrastructure and agriculture sectors, across the continent.