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Who are the major players in the new scramble for Africa?

Ethiopian and Chinese workers from the China Communication Construction Company attending Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to the site of the Addis Ababa–Adama toll road, May 2, 2014";s:


On the December 3rd, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation about growing foreign investment in the African continent.  At a recent U.S.-Africa leaders summit in Washington, American private investors pledged $14 billion for construction, clean energy, banking and information technology. China has been the single largest source of annual foreign direct investment in the continent for the past several years. What do outsiders want from Africa? And what does this mean for the future of the continent? It's Your Call, with Hana Baba, and you.


Howard French, associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and author of “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building Empire in Africa”

Doug Hertzler, Senior Policy Analyst on land rights issues and agricultural investment at ActionAid USA

Web Resources:

The New York Review of Books: The Chinese Invade Africa

Africa Up Close: China’s Investments in Africa

L.A. Times: U.S. moves to cash in on African economic promise

Quartz: The U.S. can’t beat China’s ambitions in Africa

Bloomberg Businessweek: High Stakes in Africa: Can the U.S. Catch China?

ProPublica: Firestone and the Warlord

The Guardian: US criticised over increased private sector investment in Africa

The Guardian: G8 New Alliance condemned as new wave of colonialism in Africa

ActionAid USA: G8 helps itself on tax dodging as rest of the world loses out

ActionAid USA: Will the Global Agriculture Investing Conference Benefit the World or Just the Wealthy?

ActionAid USA

Howard French