Follow CGSP on Social Media

Listen to the CGSP Podcast

Fresh Data on How China Affects African Jobs

Ethiopian workers in a shoe assembly plant. Image: AFP

Job creation is one of the most important issues in Africa-China relations. Two fascinating recent research articles give different takes on how engagement with China affects African development.

The first focuses on the controversial issue of the importation of Chinese workers for infrastructure projects. It draws on data from 195 countries to compare levels of local hiring, with a focus on Ghana and Algeria. The second compares the impact of cheap Chinese imported goods on male and female employment rates in Ethiopia.

  • Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis.
  • Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations.
  • Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engagement in Africa and throughout the Global South.

China, Africa and the Global South... find out what’s happening.

Subscribe today for unlimited access.

What is The China-Global South Project?


The China-Global South Project is passionately independent, non-partisan and does not advocate for any country, company or culture.


A carefully curated selection of the day’s most important China-Global South stories. Updated 24 hours a day by human editors. No bots, no algorithms.


Diverse, often unconventional insights from scholars, analysts, journalists and a variety of stakeholders in the China-Global South discourse.


A unique professional network of China-Africa scholars, analysts, journalists and other practioners from around the world.