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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 »

[AUDIO] China’s BIG gamble in the TINY Comoros Islands

The Comoros is a tiny island nation off the east coast of Africa in the Indian ocean and where a major Chinese experiment is underway. Chinese scientists and pharmaceutical have undertaken a radical experiment to test an unlicensed anti-malarial herbal medicine on the ENTIRE population of the Comoros. Succeed or fail, the stakes are incredibly high. Separately, Beijing is also ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Chinese studies at the University of Botswana

It’s long been said that while China may have an Africa policy, African do not have a China policy. In particular, too many Africans do not understand the language, culture and politics of their new number one trading partner. The University of Botswana, for its part, is trying to change that. UB has one of the most ambitious Chinese studies ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Comparing Chinese & African economic development

Hannah Ryder has been on the job as the United Nations Development Program’s Deputy Country Director for China for just a couple of months. Although she’s new to China, Ryder is a veteran development professional with experience in Europe and Africa. A Kenyan-native, Ryder is using the opportunity in China to better understand what lessons from China’s incredibly rapid economic ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Chinese corporations in Africa: saints or sinners?

“The African way of life is under attack by Chinese corporations,” argues University of Technology, Sydney doctoral candidate Onjumi Okumu. The Kenya-native contends that a combination of weak governance in African mixed with no legal restraints on Chinese corporate behavior encourage PRC companies to behave illegally and destructively in Africa, destroying the continent’s fragile social capital. Okumu focuses, in particular, ... Read More »