Chinese Financed Hydropower Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

Image: Flickr, Arne Hoel
Image: Flickr, Arne Hoel

This policy brief provides an analysis of Chinese practice in financing large—over 50 megawatt (MW)—hydropower projects in Africa between 2000 and 2013.

This policy brief provides an analysis of Chinese practice in financing large — over 50 megawatt (MW) —hydropower projects in Africa between 2000 and 2013. Hydropower energy has benefits as a renewable and local source of power, but there can be significant social and environmental risks. These risks have made international banks and aid agencies reluctant to finance large hydropower projects in recent decades.

1 Apr 2015