What are the dominant motives behind China’s increasing financial presence in Africa in recent years? In this article, the authors present new quantitative evidence on Chinese outward foreign direct investment flows to 29 African countries in the period 2003–2006. They find that Chinese foreign direct investment is attracted to countries with large natural resources, and more so the worse the institutional environment of host countries. This is problematic in terms of development impact, as Chinese investment feeds into the institutional dysfunctions of resource-rich countries. However, China is not different from other investors in this respect; exploiting resources and weak institutions appears to be the name of the investment game in Africa.
The Sudan-Ethiopia border needs a soft border solution
Adam Babekir, Lovise Aalen
Addressing gendered violence: A goal or a threat to the Sudanese revolution
Cabinda separatism and human rights violations
A report on secessionist movements in Africa and human rights violations
Book review: John-Andrew McNeish (2021) Sovereign Forces: Everyday Challenges to Environmental Governance in Latin America. Berghahn Books.
David Aled Williams
Public Anthropologist (Blog)
Western and Chinese Development Engagements in Uganda's Roads Sector: An Implicit Division of Labour