Southern Africa–China Civil Society Dialogue

By Albertina Delgado | August 08th, 2013

The proposed project seeks to support a site visit to Angola followed by a policy dialogue that will bring together Chinese and Southern African policymakers, academics, businesses, constructors and civil society actors, including community members to discuss China’s Africa development model of resources for infrastructure and its impact on local communities. The project will produce a series of brief research papers from a number of SADC countries which will foster debates and formulation of policy proposals to reshape trade and economic relations between China and southern Africa.

The main goal of the project is to contribute to shaping China –Southern Africa economic relations that is beneficial to both parties.

Specific Objectives:

• To promote open dialogue between citizens of China and Africa on common social, economic and political issues;

• To assess the costs and benefits of the current development model driven by resources in exchange for infrastructure;

• To propose adjustments (to the model) that will produce new people-centred model;

• To advocate and lobby for change and improvements of the Africa-China partnership.

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