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2016 Conference: Chinese Infrastructure in Africa

Save the date for the 3rd Annual China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) Conference, which will be held on October 13 & 14, 2016 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC. This year’s theme is “Chinese Infrastructure in Africa,” and we are pleased to have Dr. Jamie Monson, Professor of History and Director of African Studies at Michigan State University, as our keynote speaker. Register Now.

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Policy Brief 14: Do Huawei's Training Programs Transfer Skills to Africa?

This policy brief by Benjamin Tsui examines Huawei's engagement in developing local talent in information communications and technologies (ICT) in Africa, specifically in Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Research was conducted using news reports, press releases, corporate reports, and academic studies. Download Policy Brief (PDF) »

Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping addressing delegates at the opening of the FOCAC summit. EPA / ELMOND JIYANE / GCIS / HANDOUT. 

Policy Brief 13: Technology Transfer in Telecoms: Huawei and ZTE in South Africa

This policy brief by June Sun outlines three barriers to technology transfer from Chinese vendors to South African companies: increased managed services contracts, contestations for legitimacy, and weaknesses in the institutional framework. Download Policy Brief (PDF) »

Photo of Dr. Brautigam © Kaveh Sardari

Working Paper 3How do Chinese Contractors Perform in Africa? Evidence from World Bank Projects

Chinese construction firms are building African infrastructure and have been winning large percentages of World Bank contracts in Africa. Through examining project completion reports from numerous World Bank transportation contracts implemented by Chinese contractors in Africa, this paper provides an analysis of the quality of Chinese firms’ construction work. Download Policy Brief (PDF) »


China-Africa Week at SAIS: summaries, recordings, and photos are now available

From April 18 to 22, SAIS-CARI hosted its first ever China-Africa Week: four public events with diplomats, practitioners, and academics discussing today’s most dynamic China-Africa issues. You can now view summaries, recordings, and photos of China-Africa Week on our Events page. Special thanks to all who attended and helped make it a success. Go to Events page »

Ivindo Nat'l. Park, Gabon. Credit: Michael Nichols, Nat'l Geographic

Ivindo Nat'l. Park, Gabon. Credit: Michael Nichols, Nat'l Geographic

Thoughts on China, Africa, Per Capita Income, and the Environment

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The environmental impact of China-Africa engagement is one of the top concerns of many who are critical of a rising China in Africa. Others acknowledge the issue as important, but maintain that some from wealthy countries want to impose Volvo standards in Volkswagen countries.
     I sometimes think about how these issues emerged in importance in our own country, the USA. This morning, I read a NYT review of a new book about President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was the architect of so much of our government's institutional structure. Following in the footsteps of his presidential cousin Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin created 140 national wildlife refuges, established 29 national forests and 29 national parks and monuments but he also built many “habitat-destroying hydroelectric dams” and put in place the foundation of our national highway system…

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