China’s BRI in Latin America: Case Study – Hydropower in Ecuador

In partnership with College of William & Mary

Last updated: June 15, 2021

In contrast to our findings of BRI hydroelectric power projects in Bolivia, in Ecuador, we observe fewer problematic environmental impacts in the majority of Chinese projects, with several accompanied by substantial local community development initiatives.


China’s BRI in Latin America: Case Study – Hydropower in Bolivia

In partnership with College of William & Mary

Last updated: June 1, 2021

In line with the push for environmentally friendly Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) infrastructure projects and Bolivia's former President Evo Morales' "2025 Patriotic Agenda" to transform Bolivia into a regional energy hub, China has supported six hydropower energy projects in the country. The success of these projects vary, and are more dependent on domestic factors in Bolivia than the actions of China.

China’s BRI in Latin America: Case Study – Ports

In partnership with College of William & Mary

Last updated: August 14, 2020

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is not a monolithic enterprise. Across seven BRI port projects in Central America and the Caribbean, we find evidence that the project partnerships between China and recipient countries vary significantly regarding construction processes and end results.

China’s BRI in Latin America: Case Study – Sustainable Energy in Cuba

In partnership with College of William & Mary

Last updated: August 14, 2020

In contrast to high carbon-emitting Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) energy projects in other countries, China has supported renewable and sustainable projects in Cuba. What sets the "Green BRI" in Cuba apart from the rest of the region?

China’s BRI in Nigeria: Impact of Lagos-Ibadan Railway on Port Congestion – Part 2

In partnership with Columbia University

Last updated: May 13, 2019

A new rail extension to Apapa port aims to connect Nigeria’s hinterland to global markets to diversify its economy. However, the rail extension may fail to address severe congestion in Lagos’ port areas and high shipping costs will remain.

China’s BRI in Nigeria: Spillover Effects of Lagos-Ibadan Railway to the Regional Economy – Part 1

In partnership with Columbia University

Last updated: May 10, 2019

Despite anticipated positive impacts to the Nigerian economy, the Lagos-Ibadan railway has failed to generate positive economic spillover. Nigeria will need additional infrastructure investment to meet the promise of positive economic development.