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About this event

Home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, Africa has attracted considerable attention and investment from China. Although the U.S. is still the largest aid donor, China is the leading provider of financial support for infrastructure development on the continent.

In 2020, Afrobarometer released preliminary results of Round 8 surveys conducted in 18 African countries between mid-2019 and early 2020 (pre-COVID-19). Key findings confirmed China’s important economic and political role in Africa, but also generally portrayed its influence as slipping compared to 2014/2015 (Round 6).

Drawing on new Afrobarometer data from 16 additional countries surveyed between late 2020 and mid-2021, this webinar will bring together specialists in Africa-China studies to discuss the full 34-country findings and provide trend analyses on Africans’ perceptions of China’s role in Africa, its political and economic influence in comparison to other external actors, and its investments and foreign assistance in Africa.

Format of the webinar

The webinar (mandatory registration) will take place on Monday, 15 November, at 11:00 am GMT.

It will begin with a presentation of the latest Afrobarometer 34-country findings on China-Africa relations by Dr. Edem Selormey, director of research at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Folashadé Soulé, senior research associate, Global Economic Governance Program at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford; Prof. Liu Haifang, director of the Center for African Studies, Peking University; and Gyude Moore, senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Yu-Shan Wu of the University of Pretoria, South Africa.