In recent years the two largest countries in Asia, China and India have become increasingly important players in the global economy. Their rapid growth and increased openness since 1990 has led to concerns in both developed and developing countries, but up to now relatively little attention has been paid to their impact on the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, despite the fact that trade between the Asian Drivers and Africa has grown significantly since 1990 and that in the last few years China and India have also emerged as sources of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
This paper considers the implications of these growing links between Africa and China and India for twenty-one Sub-Saharan African countries. The particular focus of the study is on the impacts that these links are having on poverty in the region. However given the lack of previous detailed research on the trade and investment impacts of China and India on Africa, a significant part of the report is devoted to analysing these impacts in order to provide the context in which to look at the poverty implications.
Jenkins, R.; Edwards, C. The Effect of China and India&#8217;s Growth and Trade Liberalisation on Poverty in Africa. Final Report. (2005) 99 pp.