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Constructing a sustainable Africa

Holst, Oskar LU (2013) SIMV29 20131
Graduate School
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
This master’s thesis analysed sustainable development policies in China’s 11th Five-Year Plan and sustainable development considerations at the building of the Bui Dam in Ghana. The theory section discusses and defines sustainable development, and in the method section, ‘ideal-types’ of economic, social and environmental development were developed. These ideal-types were then used as reference points for the author’s analysis of the level of sustainable development in China’s 11th Five-Year Plan. The Bui Dam project in Ghana was analysed with a number of economic, social and environmental sustainability indicators for infrastructure projects. The Bui Dam was constructed by the Chinese state-owned company ‘Sinohydro’, and by analysing both... (More)
This master’s thesis analysed sustainable development policies in China’s 11th Five-Year Plan and sustainable development considerations at the building of the Bui Dam in Ghana. The theory section discusses and defines sustainable development, and in the method section, ‘ideal-types’ of economic, social and environmental development were developed. These ideal-types were then used as reference points for the author’s analysis of the level of sustainable development in China’s 11th Five-Year Plan. The Bui Dam project in Ghana was analysed with a number of economic, social and environmental sustainability indicators for infrastructure projects. The Bui Dam was constructed by the Chinese state-owned company ‘Sinohydro’, and by analysing both policy and project level, it was possible to compare the two analysis levels and see if they corresponded. Furthermore, ‘trade-offs’ have been a central concept of this master’s thesis: the empirical section and its analysis have tried to identify if trade-offs between the economic, social and environmental sustainability sectors have occurred, both on the policy level and on the project level.
The methods that were used to achieve this were the qualitative text analysis and the qualitative source analysis. The results show that sustainable development has become increasingly important for China as a means for building a ‘harmonious society’. Some trade-offs were nonetheless identified both at policy and project level. Furthermore, China’s actions regarding its overseas investments are context-specific and can be traced back to its non-interference policy and its pragmatic foreign policy. (Less)
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author
Holst, Oskar LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Chinese sustainability policies and its involvement in the Bui Dam
course
SIMV29 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
sustainable development, trade-offs, Sino-African relations, ideal- types
language
English
id
3808525
date added to LUP
2013-06-14 12:07:25
date last changed
2013-06-14 12:07:25
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  abstract     = {This master’s thesis analysed sustainable development policies in China’s 11th Five-Year Plan and sustainable development considerations at the building of the Bui Dam in Ghana. The theory section discusses and defines sustainable development, and in the method section, ‘ideal-types’ of economic, social and environmental development were developed. These ideal-types were then used as reference points for the author’s analysis of the level of sustainable development in China’s 11th Five-Year Plan. The Bui Dam project in Ghana was analysed with a number of economic, social and environmental sustainability indicators for infrastructure projects. The Bui Dam was constructed by the Chinese state-owned company ‘Sinohydro’, and by analysing both policy and project level, it was possible to compare the two analysis levels and see if they corresponded. Furthermore, ‘trade-offs’ have been a central concept of this master’s thesis: the empirical section and its analysis have tried to identify if trade-offs between the economic, social and environmental sustainability sectors have occurred, both on the policy level and on the project level.
The methods that were used to achieve this were the qualitative text analysis and the qualitative source analysis. The results show that sustainable development has become increasingly important for China as a means for building a ‘harmonious society’. Some trade-offs were nonetheless identified both at policy and project level. Furthermore, China’s actions regarding its overseas investments are context-specific and can be traced back to its non-interference policy and its pragmatic foreign policy.},
  author       = {Holst, Oskar},
  keyword      = {sustainable development,trade-offs,Sino-African relations,ideal- types},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Constructing a sustainable Africa},
  year         = {2013},
}