Understanding Chinese Investment and its Impacts in East Africa

China’s engagement with Africa has continued to attract much attention across the world. A debate has formed about the benefits of this engagement on Africa’s development. Jing Gu is leading this project to identify and evaluate the implications of Chinese FDI on African development.

Expanding on previous work Gu will explore the domestic linkages and domestic expectations by establishing links to research institutes in Kenya and Ethiopia.

By extending the research to Ethiopia and Kenya, the results will give more validity to the findings already established from work in Ghana, Madagascar and Nigeria.


  • An overall assessment of level and destinations of Chinese FDI in Ethiopia and Kenya based on the collection of data from the Ministry of Commerce in China, Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Ethiopian and Kenyan Investment Promoting Agencies
  • In-depth interview work with Chinese investors in Ethiopia and Kenya.

The research is set to run for 12 months, including three phases:

  1. Research design, survey preparation and project team consultation
  2. Data collection and analysis.
  3. Writing-up and dissemination.

Furthermore, having identified areas that have not been largely researched, this project will also consider ‘how gender related issues are understood and addressed among Chinese and African policymakers and civil society organisations and Chinese investors’ and ‘what do African politicians and NGOs expect to get from China?’

Key contacts

Jing Gu

Research Fellow, Centre Director


+44 (0)1273 915692

Project details

start date
30 March 2010
end date
31 March 2012


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