China's investments in renewable energy in Africa: Creating co-benefits or just cashing-in?

Rasmus Lema*, Padmasai Lakshmi Bhamidipati, Cecilia Gregersen, Ulrich Elmer Hansen, Julian Kirchherr

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Original languageEnglish
Article number105365
JournalWorld Development
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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An early version of this paper was presented at the ‘Latecomer Development in a Greening World Conference’ at DIE, Bonn in June 2018. We appreciate comments from Tilman Altenburg and Anna Pegels (DIE) as well as to Tyeler Matsuo and Tobias Schmidt (ETH) on this occasion. In addition, we are grateful to Martin Bell of SPRU for very useful discussions on ‘project anatomy’ and to our discussants, Rob Byrne (SPRU) and Anna Kingiri (ACTS), for useful discussions during the IREK workshop in Nairobi, January 2019. In addition, Hubert Schmitz (IDS) and Peter Kragelund (RUC) provided incredibly useful comments on the paper, which helped to improve it a lot. Finally, we are grateful to two very tough reviewers at World Development and to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for financial support (grant DFC 14-09AAU).

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  • Africa
  • China
  • Economic co-benefits
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Investment-centred global value chains
  • Renewable energy


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