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Sinofinancialization and urban change in Addis Ababa and Nairobi: an ethnography of private Chinese capital in African cities.

Project description

Study of Chinese entrepreneurship in Africa

China’s massive infrastructure projects in Africa include ports, telecommunications networks and railways. But China’s presence is also growing as regards its non-state financial operations. Thousands of Chinese entrepreneurs have ventured to Africa, but relatively little is known about this influx. The EU-funded SURGE project will carry out an urban ethnography of the Sino-financialisation of Addis Ababa (manufacturing) and Nairobi (high-value services). The project will take stock of the special economic zones, new towns, technology hubs and master-planned estates. Findings will provide fresh insight into how the urban structure and economic situation have evolved as a result of private Chinese capital. Specifically, SURGE will analyse the diversity of Chinese capital in Africa, and the ways African cities attract and harness these investments.

Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Net EU contribution
€ 194 433,60
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Italy

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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Private Bag X3
7701 Rondebosch

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 108 696,96