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We Are Hiring! Apply Now to be CARI’s Program Assistant. 

We’re seeking a highly motivated and organized PROGRAM ASSISTANT to provide administrative and budget support to the CARI program.

How to Apply:

Applications are due March 24, 2017 at 9:00 am EST. You must submit both a cover letter and resume/CV to be considered for the position. This position will start mid May through early June 2017. The duration of the position is one year with the possibility for renewal.

Please apply here on the SAIS hiring website. You must enter requisition # “312786” into the search bar and create an account to apply.

More details can be found here »

Working Paper 4: Eastern Promises: New Data on Chinese Loans in Africa, 2000-2014

In this paper, Professor Deborah Brautigam and Jyhjong Hwang provide an overview of CARI's database on Chinese loans to Africa. They report on the scale of loans, their African recipients, and the sectors where borrowers are investing this finance. The findings are compared with other efforts to estimate Chinese development finance. Chinese loans remain at a lower scale than is often believed and the authors suggest that Chinese financiers provided US$86.3 billion to African governments and state-owned enterprises between 2000 and 2014. However, they warn that debt levels are rising, the Chinese are unlikely to cancel these debts, and African governments may not be able to absorb the sharply increased pledges made by Chinese leaders. Download Working Paper (PDF) »

Working Paper 9: Chinese Media, Kenyan Lives: An Ethnographic Inquiry into CCTV Africa’s Head Offices

This paper by Melissa Lefkowitz examines how Kenyan, Chinese, and other international media professionals navigate the everyday production of media at CCTV Africa’s head offices in Nairobi, Kenya. It provides a portrait of the multifaceted experiences of CCTV Africa staff, including their narratives of joining CCTV, producing news content, navigating relationships with managerial staff, and planning for the future. While CCTV Africa’s employees are, on average, satisfied with CCTV Africa’s work environment and conditions, problematic areas regarding safety, interpersonal relationships, and training deserve further consideration and investigation. Download Working Paper (PDF) »

Working Paper 7: A Comparative Analysis: The Sustainable Development Impact of Two Wind Farms in Ethiopia

This working paper by Yanning Chen evaluates the sustainable development impact of HydroChina’s involvement in the Adama Wind Farm project in Ethiopia and compares it with Vergnet, a French firm involved in the construction and financing of the similar Ashegoda Wind Farm. Through interviews with key stakeholders and detailed analysis of the negotiation and construction processes in both projects, the research concludes that the Chinese-financed and constructed Adama Wind Farm provided similar sustainable development benefits as the French-financed and constructed Ashegoda Wind Farm. Chen concludes that donor country characteristics may not be the main determinants of sustainable development impact. In Ethiopia's case, the host country played a crucial role. Download Working Paper (PDF) »

Working Paper 8: Chinese Investments in Ghana's Manufacturing Sector

This paper by Tang Xiaoyang uses Ghana as a case study to illustrate the extent to which Chinese manufacturing firms are driving manufacturing in an African country. Through the combination of desktop and field research, the author finds that the total number of Chinese manufacturing investments in Ghana indeed has been increasing during past decades, but quite a few projects were abandoned or not implemented due to concern over the unfavorable investment environment. The weak economic environment of Ghana itself proved to be limiting the technology transfer and local linkage between Chinese firms and Ghanaians.  Download Working Paper (PDF) »

UN Report confirms Chinese peacekeepers abandoned posts in South Sudan during July fighting 

Friday, November 18, 2016

In September, the Center for Civilians in Conflict charged that Chinese peacekeepers had abandoned their posts during a vicious outbreak of violence involving government and rebel troops, July 2016. This was denied by the Chinese defense ministry.

On November 1, the UN released the summary of their special investigation of the UN mission's role in this violent outbreak. 

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