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) »
Working Paper 6: Capturing the Rains: A Comparative Study of Chinese Involvement in Cameroon's Hydropower Sector
This paper by Yunnan Chen and David G. Landry looks at two hydropower projects in Cameroon—one financed by China Eximbank, and one financed by a multilateral consortium led by the World Bank—to assess decisions around project financing, contracting, and implementation processes. It offers insight into Chinese practices around infrastructure project financing and assessment standards, as well as World Bank practices as a re-emerging donor in the field of hydropower. Download Working Paper (PDF) »
Policy Brief 16: Local Politics Meets Chinese Engineers: A Study of the Chinese-Built Standard Gauge Railway Project in Kenya
This policy brief by Uwe Wissenbach and Yuan Wang examines how local Kenyan politics have affected the construction of the first phase of the SGR, which runs from Mombasa to Nairobi. Research was conducted through in-depth interviews with over 20 stakeholders, extensive review of publicly available documents and media coverage, and three field visits to project sites in November 2014, August 2015, and December 2015. Download Policy Brief (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.