埃塞俄比亚人权组织的春天来了,中国企业怎么办?

“中国企业存在很严重的人权问题。” Abuduker情绪激动地说,“如果员工对企业提出什么要求的话,第二天就会被解雇。”Abuduker是一名大四学生,在亚的斯亚贝巴大学读人权专业。2019年5月4日,联合国世界新闻自由日会议结束后的第二天,他和十多位来自埃塞俄比亚及其他国家的媒体人和人权活动家,前往亚的斯亚贝巴的市郊参观东方工业园——这是埃塞俄比亚第一个工业园区,同时也是中国企业的聚集地。 Continue reading 埃塞俄比亚人权组织的春天来了,中国企业怎么办?

Can Making Artwork Empower Women in Kenya? A Dispatch from Three Organizations

“No one is too poor to give away something, and I want to help poor women,” said an educator who has been working on empowering women by teaching them how to make handicraft for eight years in Kenya. Low educational attainment and social status keep many women at the bottom cadres of the labor force and marginal roles of the economy in many African countries. … Continue reading Can Making Artwork Empower Women in Kenya? A Dispatch from Three Organizations

The Kenya Construction Industry Trade Union: A Friend for African Workers, a “Stranger” for Chinese Companies

“Trade unions always incite workers to make trouble, and ask us for more money. They really cause me a headache.” That is the commonly held perception of trade unions by project managers of Chinese construction companies in Kenya. According to the Kenya Labor Relations Act, a trade union is an association of employees whose principal goal is to regulate relations between employees and employers. Employees … Continue reading The Kenya Construction Industry Trade Union: A Friend for African Workers, a “Stranger” for Chinese Companies

Behind the SGR Racism Scandal: The Challenge of Communication Between Chinese and Kenyans

In the last several decades, Chinese investment, trade, and aid in Kenya have considerably increased. Under China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) has been regarded as one of the most remarkable achievements of cooperation between China and Kenya, creating approximately 25,000 job positions for Kenyan locals. Nevertheless, conflicts have emerged out of this cooperation. On July 8, 2018, The Standard, … Continue reading Behind the SGR Racism Scandal: The Challenge of Communication Between Chinese and Kenyans

Africa-based Chinese Tech Companies vs Chinese Construction Companies: A Dispatch on Labor Relations

Under the impact of the reform and opening-up policy in China during the 1980s, more and more Chinese companies started to seek business opportunities in various African countries. According to the data provided by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the bilateral trade in 1999 between China and African Countries was 7 times more than that in 1979. However, the major players in the mid-1990’s were … Continue reading Africa-based Chinese Tech Companies vs Chinese Construction Companies: A Dispatch on Labor Relations