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The Largest Chinese Business Association in Zimbabwe Looks For a Way Out of the Current Stand-off With Civil Society Groups

The largest Chinese business association in Zimbabwe that's been at the center of a bitter dispute with a coalition of 27 civil society groups published a lengthy proposal this week that listed a detailed set of recommendations for how its members can bring an end to the ...

Huawei’s CSR Efforts in Africa Are Surprisingly Successful

Chinese companies are generally not well known for implementing successful corporate social responsibility programs. CSR, for the most part, is still a relatively new concept in China. But Huawei's efforts in Africa, particularly since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year, is proving to be ...

What Does China Need to Do to Improve its Agriculture Assistance Programs in Africa?

China has provided agricultural assistance to Africa for decades. Yet questions are frequently raised as to how its aid in Africa resembles those run by other development actors in terms of project assessment, management, monitoring, and evaluation. Recent developments, such as the establishment of the China International ...

Why More Chinese Companies in Africa Are Choosing To Be Good Neighbors

Chinese companies around the world, particularly in Africa, have a well-earned reputation for being bad corporate citizens. There are countless stories of labor rights violations, disregard of environmental ...

Is Chinese Corporate Behavior Improving in Africa?

  The list of grievances against Chinese companies operating in Africa is long and varied, from violations of labor rights to environmental destruction to widespread allegations of corruption. Although it is hard ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Great Changes Unseen in a Century (and Frequently Ignored Now)

Big things are happening in the world, but don’t expect me to tell you what they are. 

Like many South Africans, I’ve been a little distracted these days. The country’s notorious electricity situation has worsened to blackouts three times a day. People like me, whose work depends on internet access, migrate across the city every few hours to cafes and other workplaces that still have power. All the time, Johannesburg ...

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 ...