Impact of China on sub-Saharan Africa : Country Case Studies

China is emerging as a major power in the global economy. The broad-based nature of its industrial development has generated a sustained and high demand for oil and raw materials, a significant reason for the current strength of oil and other commodity prices. An earlier project (104103) enabled the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) to commission a set of papers and hold a series of workshops on economic relations between China and sub-Saharan African countries. These activities resulted in an analytic framework and set of research questions on the subject. This grant will support a number of country case studies in each of the areas of primary impact: oil and gas; solid minerals; agriculture and forestry; and manufacturing. Researchers will endeavor to shed light on the impact of Chinese trade, investment and aid on economic growth, economic diversification and income distribution in selected and representative countries. The research will be carried out as a collaborative effort in which senior African scholars and their counterparts outside Africa interact with African policymakers who are engaged in various ways with China and India. The idea is to better understand the implications of economic relations with China for African development and identify sector-specific policy measures that individual African countries may wish to take to advance their interests.

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Start Date

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

End Date

Monday, October 3, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Okwi, Paul

Total funding

CA$ 1,003,000


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, India


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Prof. William Lyakurwa


African Economic Research Consortium

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