Healthy Competition or Stagnation of Domestic Production? - The Influx of Chinese Enterprises in the Kenyan Informal Sector

Johan Storgaard Jespersen, Emma Buus Mosegaard & Galatea Kraghede Bellugi

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This study seeks to examine the influx of Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises in the informal market of Kenya, and whether it has imposed structures reminiscent of the dependency critique.
This is performed through an extensive literature review on both the local and the broad perspective, based on a set of empirical data consisting of newspaper articles, scientific reports, quantitative data and a field study.

Subsequently, it is discussed whether these structures can be alleviated by utilising the theory of import substitution industrialisation (ISI), and whether this theory is even relevant to consider in a contemporary context.

We discover that the influx of Chinese medium-sized enterprises in Kenya indeed does point towards structures of dependency from both the broad and the local perspective. Furthermore, we find that these structures could very well be alleviated by implementing a form of ISI in the informal sector, though one must remain sceptical to the idea of ISI based on past failures of implementation.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato15 dec. 2019
Antal sider25
VejledereNina Torm


  • udvikling
  • Kina
  • Kenya