'Going Out' or Staying In? The Expansion of Chinese NGOs in Africa

Development Policy Review 34(3): 423-439, 2016

16 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2015 Last revised: 8 Apr 2016

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Jennifer Y.J. Hsu

Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Timothy Hildebrandt

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Reza Hasmath

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This article examines the overseas behaviour of Chinese non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in two African nations, Ethiopia and Malawi, with varying political regime types. Our findings suggest that, irrespective of regime type, Chinese NGOs have yet to make a substantial impact in either nation. We argue that, despite the strength of the Chinese state and high levels of international development assistance given, domestic politics and regulatory frameworks in host nations still matter a great deal. Our study suggests that the Chinese model of international development will continue to be one in which temporary one-off projects are favoured; and, insofar as social organisations will play a role, they will be in the domain of government-organised NGOs rather than grassroots NGOs.

Keywords: NGO, Regulation, Regime Type, China, Africa, Ethiopia, Malawi

Suggested Citation

Hsu, Jennifer Y.J. and Hildebrandt, Timothy and Hasmath, Reza, 'Going Out' or Staying In? The Expansion of Chinese NGOs in Africa (2016). Development Policy Review 34(3): 423-439, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2612694 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2612694

Jennifer Y.J. Hsu

Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales ( email )

Sydney, 2052
Australia

Timothy Hildebrandt

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

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Reza Hasmath (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science ( email )

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