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The Construction by Chinese Players of Roads and Housing in Nairobi

The transfer of town planning practices between China and Kenya
David Bénazéraf
Translated by Will Thornely
p. 51-59


As a result of China’s increasing presence in Africa, Chinese urban development projects are increasing in number in the continent’s cities. In Nairobi, Chinese development aid and state companies are helping to build road infrastructure. Chinese property developers, who are for the most part private, are building and selling housing for the middle classes. Urban projects being carried out by public and private Chinese players are helping the development of the Kenyan capital and the exportation of Chinese urban planning and design practices to Africa. They represent a vector of the power of attraction of China. This article sets out the results of a field study.

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Electronic reference

David Bénazéraf, « The Construction by Chinese Players of Roads and Housing in Nairobi », China Perspectives [Online], 2014/1 | 2014, Online since 01 January 2017, connection on 28 April 2017. URL :

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About the author

David Bénazéraf

David Bénazéraf is a PhD student in urban geography at the Sorbonne University in Paris, Laboratoire Prodig CNRS-IRD, a contributor to the Asia Centre, and an affiliate researcher at the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University, South Africa (

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