The Impact of China on Sub-Saharan Africa’s Ability to Work towards a Sustainable Future: A Secondary Analysis

By Lynne Ciochetto.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Published online: April 10, 2014 $US5.00

Africa has been supplying resources for industrialising and industrialised nations for at least five centuries. As industrialisation and development accelerated in China, its need for resources soon exceeded internal supplies. China has become a major purchaser of resources from sub-Saharan Africa especially in the last decade. When China joined the competition for African products the balance of foreign interests in the region changed. This paper explores the impact of China on sub-Saharan Africa, and assesses the sustainability implications of Chinese involvement in this region using the economic concept, ‘the triple bottom line’ (people, profit, planet).

Keywords: China, sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainability

Global Studies Journal, Volume 6, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.33-43. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 10, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 427.781KB)).

Assoc. Prof. Lynne Ciochetto

Associate Professor, Institute of Communication Design, Massey University, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Lynne Ciochetto’s research interests reflect her interdisciplinary background: sociology, anthropology, development studies and graphic design. Her recent focus has been the exploration of advertising and globalization in terms of social and cultural change. 2 key areas have emerged: case studies of the globalization of advertising in specific countries: Russia, India, China, Vietnam and Thailand. Complementing this approach are thematic studies of the market sectors: men, children and women. Her latest research direction is an exploration of the environmental impact of the growth in consumption in emerging economies that is stimulated by advertising and the media. Another area of interest is the documentation of signage. She is currently writing a book for Routledge London: Advertising and globalization in the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China (to be published in 2011).

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