China-powered ICT Infrastructure: Lessons from Tanzania and Cambodia

Motolani Agbebi, Gong Xue, Yu Zheng

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Executive summary

Much of the research into this field has focused on geopolitical and cybersecurity aspects. However, few studies have taken into account the environmental, socioeconomic and governance (ESG) aspects of these developments. This policy brief aims to address this gap by analysing the ESG impacts of two large Chinese ICT provision projects in Tanzania and Cambodia. It shows that, compared to other infrastructure developments, these projects had relatively limited ESG outcomes. While there were minimal environmental impacts, the success of socioeconomic mitigation was mixed and projects lacked transparency.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyUK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development office
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2021
Publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

NameSAIIA Policy Briefing
PublisherSouth African Institute of International Affairs


  • China
  • Africa
  • digital infrastructure
  • Digital Silk road (DSR)
  • ICT infrastructure
  • Investment
  • Huawei


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