The Africa-China Reporting Project, in collaboration with the African Centre for the Study of the United States, are calling journalists and researchers to apply for reporting grants to produce media reports or research papers, drawing comparisons of China and US approaches in Africa.
- Following the the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit, a number of commitments were made towards the African continent. The commitments include:
- People-to-people ties
- Global Governance and Diplomatic Engagement
- Trade, Investment, and Inclusive Economic Growth
- Technology and Innovation
- Food Security
- Climate Change
- Democracy and Governance
- Comparatively, the FOCAC had an even more extensive action plan pledging cooperation in the following areas:
- Political Cooperation: high-level visits and international cooperation.
- Economic cooperation: agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing, digital economy, and trade.
- Social Development: health, education, and poverty reduction.
- Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges: media, culture, academia, youth and women.
- Peace and Security Cooperation: military, law enforcement, anti-corruption, and immigration.
- Green Development: climate response, maritime, energy.
- Applicants can focus their investigations on any areas of engagement, which can include, but not limited to:
- public health,
- food security,
- climate crisis response,
- peace and security,
- democracy and human rights,
- economic development,
- infrastructure investments,
- farming and agriculture,
- mining and energy,
- education and digital technology,
- public relations and diplomacy
Applicants are expected to investigate and report on the outcomes of the projects and investments form the commitments towards communities in Africa, and the impact of their implementation or current developments. Journalists and/or researchers are to report on what the United States and China are doing in Africa, and bring the local perspectives to show how the lives of the people on the ground are affected, and engage the responses from African communities. The investigation can take the format of a comparative analysis of what both the US and China are developing coincidently in a particular region or country. The investigation can also focus solely on the investments or project by the US or China in its engagements with Africa. Investigations must ultimately bring in a comparative element in terms of either the past relations which China and the US had within the African community, or on the current engagements, and/or the competition between the US and China in Africa.
For more information, visit Africa-China Reporting Project.