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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 ...

High Dropout Rate of Kenyan Women after Primary School: Can China Become Part of the Solution?

The following story was written collectively by China House Fellows Hu Chengguang 胡承广, 20, a junior at Zhengzhou University, Zheng Tengyao 曾腾瑶, 16, an 11th grader at Guiyang No. 1 High School, Bai Yuwei 白煜玮, 16, a 12th grader at Confucius International School in Qingdao and Cao ...

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

Chinese Companies’ “Eat Bitter” Management Style Just Doesn’t Work in Africa

Forget debt traps, Huawei ‘back-doors’ and vaccine diplomacy. They might be the disputes that define our current polarized moment. But I’m willing to bet they won’t have the staying power of the one – the original – dispute that has haunted Chinese engagement with Africa since the late 1990s: labor.

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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 ...