Accepted paper:

Chinese Geothermal Financing to Kenya: Stakeholders Analysis on Aid Coordination and the Environmental Implications

Authors:

Le Dong (Kyoto University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper explores on the stakeholders in Chinese ODF to Kenya's geothermal sector, especially the relations between China and other donors in the scope of aid coordination, and its impact onto the environment.

Paper long abstract:

Scholars have paid respectable attention to the significant role of China's Official Development Finance (ODF) and its environmental and social impacts on the ground. Yet scant empirical research analyzes the relations of China and other donors in a recipient country and its environmental implications. This paper explores on the stakeholders in Chinese ODF to Kenya's geothermal sector, especially the relations between China and other donors in the scope of aid coordination, and its impact onto the environment. The paper chooses Kenya as a country case, mainly for twofold reasons: 1) one of the top three ODF recipients in Africa; 2) the top leader in exploring geothermal power in Africa. The paper firstly presents the context of aid coordination and the absence of China, the renewable energy financing in Africa and the role of China, and the geothermal financing. Secondly, the analytical framework is illustrated. Thirdly, the case study construes the state of the art of aid coordination structure in Kenya, including the key stakeholders and the ODF modalities of donors, including but not exclusively, on their environmental standards. Fourthly, further discussion is on the environmental implications by the complex blending of multi-stakeholders and their ODF modalities in Kenya's geothermal sector. The paper contributes to this field of research mainly on two aspects: 1) presenting the current aid coordination structure in Kenya; 2) exploring environmental impacts caused by donors in renewable energy sector.

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Political ecology of rising China (roundtable format)