Since the early 2000s, China’s speedy economic growth has resulted in a resource demand that has been matched by the current abundance of natural resources within the African continent. This has led to a growing amount of concern and literature regarding what this will mean for the African continent’s development. The literature review found that that the limitation on empirical data as well as the subjectivity of some scholarly work had resulted in a lack of clear causal mechanisms between these variables. Thus, in this study, I examine under what conditions Sino-African ties can lead to the accomplishment of Sustainable Development goals and draw out two independent variables: namely, comprehensiveness of policy implementation and Civil Society cooperation. Then I utilize a comparative case study across four different regions within the African continent: the Merowe dam in Sudan, the Abuja light rail transit in Nigeria, the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway in Ethiopia and Djibouti, and the Sicomines deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The findings revealed that the degree of comprehensiveness during the policy implementation process played a determinant role in the sustainability outcome of each Sino-African project. The Abuja and Addis Ababa-Djibouti case studies performed much higher on the Dependent variable than that of the Merowe dam and Sicomines deal.


Valdez, John


Global and International Studies


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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