Oxford University China Africa Network
The Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN) brings together scholars, graduate students and experts from the field to push forward the research pertaining critical political, cultural and socio-economic trends, both from a macro and a micro perspective. The rapid deepening and broadening of ties between the African continent and China is the great untold story of our age; it is the single most important geopolitical trend of the 21st century for Africa, and China’s economic miracle cannot be understood without analyzing its multifarious partnerships with African countries. The focus is not just on governments and state-owned enterprises, but also on cultural bodies, NGOs, small and medium-sized businesses, minorities and ordinary people. Founded in 2008, OUCAN's explicitly aim to go beyond the often extreme news headlines and to help provide an empirical basis for a better understanding of the nature and future of these interactions.