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[Reporting Grants] Women and Africa-China Relations: Themed Reporting Grants 2016

The existing discourse on Africa-China relations lacks substantial coverage of the role of women both as the subjects and actors/decision-makers/agents. So the China-Africa Reporting Project (the Project) and From Africa to China are jointly commissioning a series of Themed Grants aimed at reviewing how women are effecting and affected by China-Africa relations. The grants are open to female journalists from Africa and China. 

The Project will publish the resulting articles in a series of briefings and may also invite contributors to participate in discussion activities. From Africa to China will publish each article and document the process of producing the articles in collaboration with the journalists. All selected journalists will be free to submit their work for publishing independently.

To apply see the section below “How to apply”.

Reporting themes

The Action Plan for 2016-2018 released after the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Johannesburg in 2015 highlights three commitments directly related to women and women & children: Gender equality; employment and self-development; and poverty reduction.

For each of these commitments outlined in the Action Plan, China has committed to work together with African states for the empowerment of women. Yet there is insignificant reporting on Africa-China relations in the context of women, and a lack of female voices telling stories about Africa-China relations.

Via these Themed Grants, the Project and From Africa to China seeks to commission female journalists to produce investigative features and articles exploring one of the following themes:

  • Employment and self-development for women:
    • Vocational and technical training facilities
    • Training of 200,000 local African vocational and technical personnel and providing Africa with 40,000 training opportunities in China
  • Resource mobilisation and poverty reduction:
    • To what extent have African states and China mobilized resources (including non-governmental organizations) to implement 200 “Happy Life” projects in Africa?
    • How successfully have poverty reduction programmes focusing on women and children been implemented by African states and China?
  • Exchanges on gender equality and practical cooperation on women and gender affairs:
    • Dialogues between female leaders, seminars, skills training, human capacity development and cultural exchanges
  • Other broader thematic areas:
    • The role of women as actors who are influencing Africa-China relations at both state/leadership and grassroots levels
    • The effects of Africa-China relations on women at both state/leadership and grassroots levels
    • The roles of female practitioners (academics, scholars, politicians, business leaders, journalists) in reporting Africa-China relations

How to apply

Female Chinese and African journalists interested in applying for this Themed Grants series should send a proposal containing all the items listed below to by no later than September 25.

Applications must contain:

  • Draft title of the feature to be produced, including clear indication of which theme listed above to be pursued and relevance to the role of women in Africa-China relations
  • Brief proposal of the topic and methodology and further supporting information
  • Budget in US dollars (or rands if in South Africa) with clear itemized expenditure, within the total falling within the range US$350 to US$1,500
  • Indication of where applicant intends to publish the article
  • Applicant CV and list of previous China-Africa publications (if any)

Applicants are also encouraged to review the Project’s reporting grant guidelines and adhere to them as much as possible. 

About From Africa to China

Screen Shot 2016-09-23 at 2.18.53 pm.pngFrom Africa to China is an online platform run by four women from Africa who experienced Beijing while pursuing MA degrees in China studies at Peking University. The purpose of the platform is to unpack Africa-China relations through a mixture of research-based content and reflections on daily life in China from the perspective of a young African woman. Beyond advancing storytelling on Africa-China relations from the perspective of young Africans, From Africa to China specifically aims to contribute a considerably lacking female voice to the discourse on Africa-China relations.



[Education] Ethiopian students awarded scholarship for postgraduate study in China

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ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) — China will continue to supporting human resource development endeavors of Ethiopia and Africa, said a Chinese envoy.

La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, made the remarks early this week during an awarding ceremony for the 2016/17 Chinese Government Scholarship to Ethiopian Students at the Chinese embassy in Addis Ababa.

26 Ethiopian students have been awarded the Chinese government scholarship to pursue their higher-level studies of masters and PhD programs at different universities in China.

“Human resource development is one of the pillars of our cooperation with African countries, and also with Ethiopia,” noted the ambassador.

“The scholarship to enable young, bright, ambitious Ethiopian youth to pursue your studies of high learning in top universities in China, in various fields from medical science, language, engineering…that are highly needed by Ethiopia in your current pursuit of industrialization,” he said.

Speaking during the ceremony, Zerihun Kebede, Representative of the Ethiopian Ministry of Education, has commended China for its continued support to Ethiopia’s efforts in capacity building programs by providing short and long-term training.

Stating that Ethiopia and China have a very long-standing relations for several years, the official said the relation between the two countries is being manifested in different forms of cooperation and support.

“This relation has gained momentum since recent years as the two sisterly countries have established a broader scope of bilateral relation and cooperation, especially in the field of education,” said Kebede.

“The training opportunities that we have been getting from China every year has immense contribution to our capacity building program,” he added.

Robel Gebre-Michael, one of the scholarship winners who will be pursuing his studies of master’s degree in information and communication engineering at Harbin Engineering University, told Xinhua that he is very happy about being one of the lucky Ethiopian students traveling to China for postgraduate studies.

He said they would be ambassadors of his country to promote Ethiopian culture to the Chinese, and the people-to-people relations and friendship of the two countries.

[Kung Fu] Shaolin Kung Fu attracts African apprentices

Xinhua (26 July 2016). Twenty African apprentices are learning Kung Fu, Zen meditation and other traditional Chinese culture at the Shaolin Temple in central China’s Henan Province. The learners from the Republic of Congo, Mauritius and other countries will stay at Shaolin for three months. They are the fourth batch of African learners since China’s Ministry of Culture initiated the program for Kung Fu fans on the continent in 2012.

The Shaolin Temple, with a history of more than 1,500 years, is home to Zen and Kung Fu.

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Ngalle Emmanuel Leolein from Cameroon, also known as Yandan among Buddhist peers, is a coach for the apprentices. He graduated from the first Shaolin Kung Fu training class for Africans, and has spent the following five years in the temple. “Not only have I learnt how to fight with swords, sticks and hands, but I have also been immersed by China and Shaolin Temple’s unfathomable cultural heritage.”

He Yaofei, a 20-year-old Malagasy recruit in the class, used to be Bruce Lee’s movie fan. Three years ago, he started learning Changquan, a genre of Chinese hand fighting. “This is the first time I have come to Shaolin,” he said, “and it is a dream come true.” He said he is determined to keep practicing and perform Kung Fu for his countrymen when he returns. “I want more friends to go to China and realize their Kung Fu dream,” he said.

Kung Fu master Zhuangyan of the Shaolin Temple believes the 3-month study will help the African apprentices transcend themselves physically and spiritually, and that they will thus grow to be future culture ambassadors between China and Africa.

“Kung Fu is not something you learn in just a few years; rather, it is a cause worth lifelong commitments,” said Emmanuel. “If possible, I would like to spend the rest of my life at Shaolin.”

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[Documentary] ‘Just Move On’ a documentary about the lives of foreign students in China #SinoAfrica

Just Move On (2015)

Documentary displaying what life is like for foreign students and foreigners in China.
Starring Stephanie Mwiti, Perry Bamfo and Chris.
Filmed in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China
Filmed by Lofter Chaunsy of Liaoning University

[vlog] From Africa to China: Strange things we’ve done since moving to China #SinoAfrica

Recently launched blog ‘From Africa to China’ goes into vlog mode: