The new Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway was built and financed by Chinese state-owned firms and banks, replacing a rail line initially built in the era of Emperor Menelik II (1844-1913). This railway cuts across a range of geographic, political, social, and cultural landscapes of Ethiopia, and serves as a new kind of link between them. While the geopolitical significance of the railway line has been studied within the broader context of research into Chinese interventions in Africa, relatively little attention has been paid to how local populations situated across the railway line have experienced and interpreted this massive Chinese infrastructure project. Through the examination of testimonies and experiences of local populations situated along the line, this chapter offers new evidence and understandings of the impacts of Chinese interventions in Africa from the viewpoint of local societies. The Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway has led to a range of economic developments, and these have created new opportunities. At the same time, the venture has also exposed inequalities between the various actors whose lives have been impacted by the railway, and these have enflamed social, economic, and political tensions along the route.
|Title of host publication||Africa’s Railway Renaissance|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Role and Impact of China|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||11|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2023|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (all)