Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Policy Briefs: Cutting Edge China-Africa Research from SAIS-CARI

check out these china-africa publications from the SAIS China africa research initiative (sais-cari):


  • Policy Brief 01/2014The Political Ecology of Chinese Investment in Uganda: the Case of Hanhe Farm, Josh Maiyo.
  • Policy Brief 02/2014Chinese Agricultural Investment in Mozambique: the Case of Wanbao Rice Farm, Sérgio Chichava.
  • Policy Brief 03/2014Chinese Training Courses for African Officials: a “Win-Win” Engagement?, Henry Tugendhat.
  • Policy Brief 04/2015Chinese Agricultural Engagement in Zambia: A Grassroots Analysis, Solange Guo Chatelard and Jessica M. Chu.
  • Policy Brief 05/2015Chinese Agricultural Entrepreneurship in Africa: Case Studies in Ghana and Nigeria, Yang Jiao.
  • Policy Brief 06/2015Assessing the Impact of Chinese Investment on Southeast Africa’s Cotton: Moving up the Value Chain?, Tang Xiaoyang.
  • Policy Brief 07/2015: Neither ‘Land Grab’ nor ‘Friendship Farm:’ Chinese Agricultural Engagement in Angola, Zhou Jinyan.
  • Policy Brief 08/2015: Chinese Financed Hydropower Projects in Sub-Saharian AfricaDeborah Brautigam, Jyhjong Hwang, and Lu Wang.
  • Policy Brief 09/2016Looking Back and Moving Forward: An Analysis of China-Africa Economic Trends and the Outcomes of the 2015 Forum on China Africa Cooperation, Janet Eom, Jyhjong Hwang, Ying Xia, and Deborah Brautigam.
  • Policy Brief 10/2016: What Happened to China Development Bank’s $3 Billion Loan to Ghana?, Thomas Chen.
  • Policy Brief 11/2016: How Chinese Money is Transforming Africa: It's Not What You Think, Jyhjong Hwang, Deborah Brautigam, and Janet Eom. (Updated April 31, 2016).
  • Policy Brief 12/2016Media Training for Africa: Is China Exporting its Journalism?, Jákup Emil Hansen.
  • Policy Brief 13/2016Technology Transfer in Telecommunications: Barriers and Opportunities in the Case of Huawei and ZTE in South Africa, June Sun.
  • Policy Brief 14/2016Do Huawei's Training Programs and Centers Transfer Skills to Africa?, Benjamin Tsui.


  • Working Paper 01/December 2015Chinese Engagement in Hydropower Infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa, Jyhjong Hwang, Deborah Brautigam, and Nancy Wang.
  • Working Paper 02/January 2016: Learning from China? Manufacturing Investment and Technology Transfer in Nigeria, Yunnan Chen, Irene Yuan Sun, Rex Uzonna Ukaejiofo, Tang Xiaoyang, and Deborah Brautigam.

1 comment:

Kai said...

Working Paper 03/February 2016: How do Chinese Contractors Perform in Africa? Evidence from World Bank Projects, Jamie Farrell.

...is one marvelous paper.

The implication (along with information from other sources) is:-

1. China provides 100 billion dollars of cheap financing for infrastructure in Africa
2. China's large panel of construction engineering contractors operating in Africa ferociously compete against each other and European contractors driving down the cost of road construction in Africa by about 1/3, so that the per kilometer cost of a paved road is now under one million dollars
3. Financing and competition allow African governments to build thousands of kilometers more roads than would be possible over the last 10 years
4. These roads connect farmers and urban markets, spurring agricultural productivity and farmer incomes, the quintessential development economist recommendation for Africa
5. Finally, the quality of the work can be inferred from this set of approximately 100 projects done for the World Bank in Africa and scored in their evaluation as equal in quality to the European contractors.

So unless you have an irrational hostility towards any sort of business activity in Africa, all points lead to the conclusion that the Chinese contractor wave is the best bargain in post-colonial African history.

It's sad to see someone like Howard French suggest otherwise. He may think he brings to the table good information for Africans to make up their minds about Chinese engagement, but his economically illiterate book China's Second Continent, portrays the best bargain as exploiting Africa.

Will Howard French and people like him ever have the decency to admit they are wrong and doing harm because of their poor quality reporting?