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Chinese NGOs in Africa are New and Making Some Mistakes but They’re Learning Fast

“Chinese embassy staffs in local countries said we are a non-governmental organization and won’t help us with anything, while many local NGOs and journalists see us as some kind of ‘Chinese government propaganda’ and they’re very rude towards us. It’s so difficult,” said Ms. Zhang, a 50-year-old staff member in a Chinese NGO in Kenya who preferred not to share his full name.

After years of working in the Chinese non-profit sector, Zhang is very frustrated.

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