Africa’s Global Infrastructures
South–South Transformations in PracticePart of the African Arguments series
A bottom-up account of how infrastructure investment from the Global South has impacted African policies and practices—and its implications for an increasingly multipolar world.
The boom in South–South relations since the early 2000s has seen a flurry of investment in African infrastructure from emerging markets across the Global South. While the extent to which these projects spur growth is constantly debated, few studies have addressed their impact on ground-level political and socio-economic practices in Africa—or their consequences for transnational governance more broadly.
Through the lens of infrastructure, this book investigates the developmental ideas, processes and techniques that have travelled to and emerged from Africa as a result of Global South–led projects. How have they been adapted, transformed and contested by local actors? How does this shape business–society relations? And how has this challenged the Western-dominated global order? The contributors zoom in on large-scale Chinese-, Brazilian- and Indian-funded ventures—dams, ports, roads and mines—across countries including Kenya, Mozambique and the DRC. These ‘frontier zones’, bringing together politicians and practitioners, campaign groups and communities from Africa and elsewhere, offer a unique insight into the global workings of our contemporary world.
Taking a bottom-up approach, Africa’s Global Infrastructures explores the longer-term significance and implications of these pluralistic socio-economic interactions, for the continent and beyond.
Jana Hönke is a professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Bayreuth.
Eric Cezne is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University.
Yifan Yang is a PhD candidate in African Studies at the University of Bayreuth.