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Seminars and Symposia

Seminars and Symposia
China and Africa - Political, Cultural and Economic Engagement

The Institute for African Development conducts a weekly seminar series, Issues in African Development, which examines critical development concerns in contemporary Africa. Each semester we select a different theme reflecting current issues. The series has become a key introductory course on Africa and African development at Cornell, providing a forum that engages experts and new students of development alike in critical thinking and reflection on some of the most difficult issues of our time. The seminar course is offered as a two-credit course (CRP 4770/6770) but is also open to the public. Seminars are held Thursdays at 2:30 PM in G08 Uris Hall.The  series is organized around a specific theme chosen each semester by the Institute. 


Fall 2017 Seminar: China and Africa: Political, Cultural, and Economic Engagement

In Fall 2017 we will be discussing China's Engagement with Africa - Political, Cultural and Economic Implications. 

Although China–Africa engagement is not new, the engagement has increased remarkably in recent years, as highlighted by the phenomenal growth in trade and investment between China and Africa. Trade volumes between the two rose significantly, from US$10 billion in 2000 to more than US$198 billion in 2012. In 1996, China displaced the U.S. as Africa’s largest trading partner.

China’s impact on African economies has been diverse, depending in part on the sectoral composition of each country’s production. Overall, China’s increased engagement on the continent has generated important gains for African economies and presents a significant opportunity for Africa’s growth and integration into the global economy.

Begins August 31, 2017

2:30 PM every Thursday

G08 Uris Hall on the Cornell Campus


Past Seminars
Seminar Spring 2017
  • Development, Religious Extremism, Security, and the State in Africa (Fall 2015)
  • Natural Resources in Africa: Advancing Economic Development through Responsible Resource Management (Spring 2015)
  • Education and the Development of Human Capital: Outcomes for Development and Governance in Africa (Fall 2014)
  • African Economies: Structural Transformation and Sustainable Development (Spring 2014)
  • New and Emerging Challenges to Sustainable Development in Africa (Fall 2013)
  • The Developmental State and the Delivery of Public Goods and Services in Africa (Spring 2013)
  • Growth, Poverty, and Inequality: Confronting Social and Economic Development Challenges in Africa (Fall 2012)
  • Security, Land-grabbing and Conflict: Roles of Regional, Economic, and Political Organizations and NGOs in Addressing these Issues (Spring 2012)
  • Consolidation of Democracy in Africa: Governance, Accountability, and Elections (Fall 2011)
  • Trade and Foreign Direct Investment: China’s Engagement in Africa (Spring 2011)
  • Curse or Blessing? Natural Resources in the Economic Development of Africa (Fall 2010)