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(Pre-)Made in China? The prospects of Chinese prefabricated houses in Kenya

The following article was written by Sun Shuangqi, a fellow at China House Kenya “After Chinese firms finished the construction project, Kenyans kept the prefab houses. They went like hot cakes,” explained Susan, the founder of a Kenyan female empowerment foundation. Soila is in her 50s and has worked a extensively the Maasai, an ethnic group inhabiting parts of Kenya ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s ambitious new ‘Silk Road’ trade route takes shape in Africa

Four years and hundreds of billions of dollars later, China’s ambitious global trading strategy known as the “New Maritime Silk Road” or “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) is now coming to life, particularly in parts of East Africa where major infrastructure and defense projects are being built. New ports in Tanzania, rail lines in Kenya, naval facilities in Djibouti and ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Industrialization in Africa: Ethiopia wants to become the new ‘Made in China’

There’s a pretty good chance that some of the clothes you’re wearing, the shoes on your feet and even the device you’re using to read this were made in China. Even as its economy slows, China remains the world’s factory, churning out billions of dollars every year of goods. The government, though, wants to change this which could be a ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Why Chinese agriculture engagement in Africa is not what it seems

The Western and African media have long fueled the myth that Chinese investors are buying up vast tracts of land across Africa as part of some neo-colonial plan to export food back to China. Sure, on one level, the theory appears plausible: China has around 20% of the world’s population with less than 7% of the planet’s arable land, so ... Read More »

Continental Shift: How China is Changing Africa

In their new book “Continental Shift: A Journey into Africa’s 21st Century,” South African authors Kevin Bloom and Richard Poplak embarked on 14-country odyssey across two continents over a span of five years to report on Africa’s changing economic, political and social landscapes. What they discovered along the way was that China’s role had become pivotal in so many of ... Read More »

Can Chinese Solar Companies Penetrate into Rural Africa?

By Chen Jiayi, Youth Fellow at China House in Nairobi, Kenya “If I tell you that this phone is made in China, what is your first thoughts?”, David, worked in Teule Kenya, an NGO organization working on education, smiled and asked a question in reply when we asked him whether Africans don’t trust China-made products. “Branding and public perception are ... Read More »

[AUDIO] A Kenyan columnist’s provocative views on the Chinese in Africa

In Mark Kapchanga’s view, the West, particularly the media, really don’t understand what the Chinese are doing in Africa. Kapchanga, a provocative Nairobi-based journalist and columnist, isn’t shy in arguing his case that on balance China’s presence in Africa is net plus for the continent and its people. The West, he says, just doesn’t have its priorities right in Africa, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China starts to play nice with foreign aid partners

New research from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in China indicates Beijing is starting to be more open about its international aid programs. If so, this would mark a significant change from the past where the Chinese government was often criticized for its lack of transparency in how it disperses overseas development assistance. The UNDP’s findings were published this ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s controversial technology partnership with South Africa

The Chinese and South Africa governments have signed a pact, or a “plan of action,” where Beijing will provide a broad array of technology training, skills transfer and ICT development for South Africa’s emerging technology sector. The agreement also includes provisions for cyber security consulting, implementation of so-called ‘egovernment’ initiatives and rural technology development. As the world’s largest ICT market, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Cameroon highlights pros & cons of Chinese infrastructure

When finished, the new deep sea port in the southern Cameroonian city of Kribi will likely become a major gateway for all Central Africa. This will be Cameroon’s only deep-sea port that can accommodate the larger inter-continental trading ships. This might explain why officials have placed such a huge financial bet on the project. The wager is that the billion ... Read More »