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Blurring the Lines between Aid And Business: An Ethnographic Study of the Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre in Zimbabwe

 

Tang Lixia, Li Xiaoyun and Langton Mukwereza

(Corresponding author: Tang Lixia, email: tanglx@cau.edu.cn)

China: An International Journal, Vol.16, NO.1, 2018

 

Abstract: Chinese Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centres(ATDC)in Africa are designed to be aid programmes managed by business-driven entities to operate into the future without requiring subsidies from the Chinese government. Such an arrangement requires Chinese staff to perform dual roles as aid workers and businesspeople, leading to blurred identities and roles among Chinese actors, and misunderstandings among local Zimbabwean partners. The blurred line between aid and business has created misperceptions and tensions among different actors. Thus, the primary rationale of such business-oriented arrangement to achieve long-term sustainability encountered complex realities. Nonetheless, ATDCs offer an alternative model of aid that deserves further empirical examination.

 

To link to this article: http://muse.jhu.edu/article/688046


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