Date of Award

Summer 8-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


International Studies

First Advisor

Maytha Alhassen

Second Advisor

Lynn Horton

Third Advisor

Andrea Molle


The involvement of China in Kenya has been increasing in recent years. China’s investments in Kenya are still impacting the Kenyan economy significantly. This thesis will examine the positive and negative impacts that the Chinese investments have had on the Kenyan economy.

This thesis will also address the role that the Kenyan government plays in the facilitating of the Chinese investments. It will highlight the importance the Kenyan government has in prioritizing policies such as labor laws for the Kenyan people. The Kenyan government has a responsibility to protect its citizens from the negative impacts of Chinese investments such as unfair competition in the market. The same policies can also be used to create an environment of good relations between Kenya and China and more importantly, positive economic growth for Kenya.

Finally, the paper will look into ways that Kenya and China can both benefit from their partnership, rather than the current deals which unilaterally benefit the Chinese government and a few corrupt Kenyan oligarchy. The methodology for this thesis project is from secondary academic data, acquired from online sources, news articles, as well as information from sources found in various libraries in Kenya.

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