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Evidence. Analysis. Collaboration.

our mission

Promoting research, conducting evidence-based analysis, fostering collaboration, and training future leaders to better understand the economic and political dimensions of China-Africa relations and their implications for human security and global development.

Launched in 2014, the SAIS China Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) is based at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C.  SAIS-CARI was set up to promote evidence-based understanding of the relations between China and African countries through high quality data collection, field research, conferences, and collaboration.

Research topics

Our current areas of research are:

  • Chinese Agricultural Investments in Africa

  • Flying Geese in African Industries

  • Chinese Loans to Africa

  • Chinese FDI and Structural Transformation in Africa

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China Africa Research Initiative
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
1717 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 723
Washington DC 20036

Telephone: +1(202)663-5962
Fax: +1(202)663-7701





The China Africa Research Initiative at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies proudly runs the SAIS-CARI Fellows program. SAIS-CARI Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis or by invitation to researchers, policy-makers, or journalists who wish to spend a concentrated period of time (1 to 2 months) writing or doing field research on an under-explored policy issue related to China’s African engagement. 

• More about our Fellowship program »


The work of CARI is supported by grants from several organizations.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (logo)

A grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York supports:                                   

Development of a rigorous database to track Chinese finance and investments in Africa; construction and maintenance of the CARI website; publication of newsletters, working papers, and policy briefs; hosting of conferences, roundtables, and workshops; CARI fellowship program for scholars, journalists, researchers and practitioners.

• Carnegie Corporation of New York »

A grant from the UK’s Department for International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council (DFID/ESRC) supports:

Research to provide evidence-based analysis of technology transfer, linkages, learning, and spillovers associated with Chinese investment in African manufacturing, agribusiness, and construction industries. Research methods include: mapping via desk studies and existing databases, fieldwork (scoping studies and case studies), and surveys.

• Economic and Social Research Council »

• Department for International Development »