China in Africa

In the last six decades, China has become a force of development on the African continent, impacting African countries infrastructure build-up, trade and resource extraction and allocation as well as their strategic manoeuvring (Brautigam 2009, Shin & Eisenmann 2014). In the continuous development of the China-Africa Relation, it is paramount for African countries to get to know and understand the main actors of the China-Africa relations, their intentions and governance structure and policy implications in order to be able to influence future discourse of the relation.

In May 2014 China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang highlighted six areas of China-Africa relationship in the coming years. (1) Industrial cooperation projects (2) Financial cooperation projects (3) Poverty reduction projects (4) environmental and ecological protection projects (5) cultural and people-to-people exchange projects and (6) projects to enhancing peace and security on the African continent. All the areas will impact future trajectory and governance structure of many African countries. How should African countries position themselves and how can they develop the necessary knowledge to steer the China-Africa relation towards their preference?

The envisaged course will introduce main Chines institutional and bureaucratic actors and their strategies that are shaping current China-Africa relations. Through introduction of involved actors and their (policy) intentions, participants of the workshop in Ethiopia and Cameroon should develop a deeper understanding of the China-Africa relations.

The workshop will also use concrete case study cases to analyze and demonstrate how the China-Africa relationship is evolving between China and African countries.

The goal of the face-to face and online workshop is to stimulate participant’s analytical thinking and to strengthen their ability to understand the different level of interaction mechanisms that exist between China and African countries like Ethiopia and Cameroon.

Participants of the course should be higher education institution students, policy practitioner and civil servant from government institutions.

Maximum number of participants to the workshop should be limited to 24 participants.