Sven Grimm is a political scientist and has worked on external partners’ co-operation with Africa since 1999. He is a Senior Researcher and the Coordinator of the Rising Powers program at The German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut fuer Entwicklungspolitik pr DIE) in Bonn. Since 2006 his research has focused on emerging economies’ role in Africa, and specifically China-Africa relations. Grimm studied in Hamburg, Germany; Accra, Ghana; and Dakar, Senegal and he obtained his Ph.D. from Hamburg University in 2002 with a thesis on E.U.-Africa relations. He has previously worked with the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and was the former head of the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.

Grimm’s research interests include the comparative perspective on external partners in Africa; Chinese development cooperation with Africa; European Africa policy; African perspectives on development; and discussions around cooperation between Europe, China, and African states.

Last Updated: November 4, 2015

What to Expect at this Year’s Mega China-Africa Summit

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The sixth Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that will be held in December in Johannesburg comes at a critical time in the Sino-African relationship. The combination of China’s slowing economy, a major slump in global commodity prices, and a...