Chinese Training Courses for African Officials: A ‘Win-Win’ Engagement?

Image: Flickr, International Maritime Organization
Image: Flickr, International Maritime Organization

As part of its growing engagement in Africa, China has become one of the world’s largest providers of short-term agricultural training courses.

As part of its growing engagement in Africa, China has become one of the world’s largest providers of short-term agricultural training courses. China’s training course model differs from most other traditional donors in that it almost exclusively targets government officials. These courses aim to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology, increase trade opportunities, foster stronger political and economic relationships, and present a positive image of China. This research concludes that the courses appear to be achieving these goals, with different benefits for both sides.

1 Dec 2014