Chinese Trade and Investment in Africa: Assessing and Governing Trade-offs to National Economies, Local Livelihoods and Forest Ecosystems

Published on 30 July 2010

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Start Date: 1 March 2010 | End Date: 31 August 2011

Overview

CIFOR (Centre for International Forestry Research) was awarded a grant from The Deutsche Gesellschaft for Technische Zusammenarbeit(GTZ) to conduct a research on a project entitled “Chinese Trade and Investment in Africa: Assessing and Governing Trade-offs to National Economies, Local Livelihoods and Forest Ecosystems “.

CIFOR in partnership with ICRAF will undertake this assignment whose aims are to enhance the livelihood security of rural communities and the sustainable management of forests shaped by Chinese investment in Africa, and enhance the contribution of Africa’s forests and raw materials to meaningful economic development.

The project’s purpose is to advance understanding of the social, economic and environmental impacts of Chinese investments in commodities or sectors affecting forests and livelihoods in Africa (e.g. timber, mining, oil palm), and to strengthen the capacity of decision-makers in government, civil society and the private sector to enact reforms to leverage more equitable nd sustainable outcomes.

The project intended outcomes are as follows.

1. Macro-level analysis of Chinese trade and investment trends in commodies affecting the Congo Basin forests and southern African woodlands, and Chinese policies and corporate strategies shaping these activities and associated impacts.

2. Targeted analysis of the implications of identified patterns of forest-related trade and investment for national economic development, local livelihoods and forest condition/sustainability for prioritized countries and commodities.

3. Assessment of the effectiveness of governance instruments at diverse levels in shaping outcomes and of opportunities for leveraging more sustainable and equitable outcomes.

4. Dissemination of findings (trade-offs, governance assessment), policy recommendations and institutional options, with a focus on enhancing the capacity of key decision-makers to make socially, economically and environmentally responsible decisions.

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2 Responses to “Chinese Trade and Investment in Africa: Assessing and Governing Trade-offs to National Economies, Local Livelihoods and Forest Ecosystems”

  1. Jan Beniest says:

    • Was or is there any collaboration in the area of capacity strengthening between the Lead Centre and the Partner Centre(s)?
    • If so, can you briefly describe this collaboration and highlight the drivers of success or failure of such collaboration?
    • If not, would it have been beneficial to collaborate in this area and how can/could that best be achieved?

  2. We are currently finishing phase one of the project. In phase 2 the project provides for work with Ph.D. students in partner universities in Africa, at which time we might have more to tell you about the capacity building component of the project.

    Posted on behalf of Louis Putzel, Principal Investigator

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