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About The China Africa Project

The China Africa Project (CAP) is a non-profit independent multimedia organization dedicated to exploring every aspect of China’s engagement with Africa. The CAP is registered as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in the United States with no partisan agenda whatsoever and does not advocate on behalf of any country, company, or culture.

The CAP was co-founded in 2010 by journalist Eric Olander and media scholar Dr. Cobus van Staden. Until August 2019, the CAP was a passion project that Eric and Cobus worked on during nights and weekends. Now, there’s a full-time team of editors and analysts in five countries in Africa and Asia working every day to produce daily news and analysis.

The CAP produces a mix of editorial content that combines original material with carefully curated third-party information.  The current CAP production output includes:

  1. The China in Africa weekly audio podcast
  2. The China Africa Project Facebook page
  3. The China Africa Project on YouTube
  4. The China Africa Project on Twitter
  5. Le Projet Chine Afrique
  6. AfrikChine Podcast (French)
  7. Akhbar AlSin-Africia on Twitter (Arabic)

Editor in Chief: Eric Olander is a journalist with more than 30 years of experience reporting, producing and managing newsrooms for some of the world’s leading editorial organizations including CNN, FRANCE 24 and the BBC World Service among others. He has an extensive background working in newsrooms and doing content production in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. China, though, has been the central focus of Eric’s professional career. He first went to China in 1989 and spent more than a decade of combined time living, studying and working there. Eric is fluent in both French and Mandarin Chinese. He received his undergraduate degree in East African history from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s of International Public Affairs with a focus on Chinese foreign policy from the University of Hong Kong.

For more information about Eric and his professional background please visit his LinkedIn profile.

Managing Editor: Dr. Cobus van Staden is an accomplished scholar, journalist, and think tank analyst with more than 20 years of experience in Africa and Asia. Previously, he was the senior China-Africa researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg. Cobus completed his Ph.D. in Japanese studies and media studies at the University of Nagoya in Japan in 2008. He focused on comparisons of Chinese and Japanese public diplomacy in Africa during postdoctoral positions at the University of Stellenbosch, and the SARCHI Chair on African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg, before joining the Department of Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2013. His academic research focused on media coverage of the China-Africa and Japan-Africa relationships, as well as the use of media as public diplomacy in the global south.

For more information about Cobus and his professional background please visit his LinkedIn profile.

Francophone Africa Editor: C. Géraud Neema Byamungu is an analyst and observer of China-Africa relations who graduated from Renmin University of China and has a master’s degree in International Development from the International University of Japan. He researched natural resources revenues management. Previously, he worked as a project manager for a small Congolese mining company in DRC and later as a consultant on good governance and policy advocacy for the “Centre d’Etudes pour l’Action Social”.

China Editor: Han Zhen (寒槙) has an extensive background in working and conducting research in both China and Africa. Unfortunately, for personal security reasons, we can’t use their real name or provide any other identifying information about them. Han explained that they’re not concerned about the Chinese government’s reaction to their work with CAP, since most of this content will draw on material already in the public domain. Rather, they’re concerned about attracting the attention of nationalist trolls online. Getting doxxed and harassed by the online mob is a real concern today. There are a lot of people, regrettably, who regard the contextualizing of Chinese-language content for an international audience as unpatriotic.

Arabic Editor: Nesrine Kamal is a Journalist, Media Monitoring Specialist, and Analyst with more than 10 years of experience. She is a holder of a Master’s Degree in International Journalism from the City University of London in addition to a Post-Graduate Diploma of Applied Linguistics and a BA of Arts in English Language and Literature. Nesrine worked for several organizations including BBC Monitoring and CARMA Global. She has years of experience monitoring, writing, and analyzing news from the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on politics, international relations, security, and economic and social developments.

Africa Editor: Christopher Edyegu is an analyst and keen observer of African-China relations. He is finalizing his Ph.D. at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is a holder of Master’s Degree in international relations from UCT. Additionally, from Stellenbosch University, Christopher holds a bachelor’s in international studies, honors degree in history, and a postgraduate diploma in marketing. He has a combined 9 years of working experience in African risk consulting, Africa-China foreign policy, academia, and non-governmental organization (NGO) sectors.

Funding

The China Africa Project passionately believes in being upfront and transparent about its funding. Since CAP’s inception in March 2010 through January 2018, CAP was entirely self-funded by Eric and Cobus with no outside financial support.

Currently, the CAP has three sources of funding to support its operations: (90% of the CAP’s funding is from subscribers and members)

  1. Subscriptions: The CAP charges $15 per month or $149 per year to subscribe to a daily email newsletter and access to the CAP website.
  2. Patreon: The CAP receives support from listeners and readers who have joined its Patreon community at: www.patreon.com/ChinaAfricaProject
  3. Foundations: From time to time, CAP receives smallscale grants from select, non-partisan foundations.

Want More Information?

CAP does not, and will not, accept any funding for any governments or corporations or any organization that would compromise CAP’s editorial autonomy. Both Eric and Cobus are fully transparent about the mission of the CAP, its funding, and its partnerships. If you have any questions or would like more information on anything mentioned above, please do not hesitate to contact Eric at eric@chinaafricaproject.com.