Assessing the Human Capital Development Implications of China-Africa Economic Engagement

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With 10-12 million youths joining Africa’s labour force each year, developing human capital is at the forefront of African countries’ development agenda as they race to meet the demands of job creation, Knowledge and capacity building for their youths. This is also visible in their engagement with China as they welcome Chinese investments into their respective economies with the view that the investments will lead to concrete gains in human capital development (HCD) through job creation, skills development, and knowledge and technology transfer. The HCD outcomes of Chinese investments in Africa however remain highly contested and varied. Relying on case study evidence from the author’s field research in Nigeria and existing studies, the author assesses the HCD implications of Chinese investments in Africa, the factors that account for the variation in HCD outcomes and the role of African agency in leveraging Chinese economic engagement for HCD in Africa.
Period14 May 2021
Event titleInternational Symposium: Re-imagining African agency in China- Africa Relations
Event typeConference
LocationhongKong, Hong KongShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational