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The Mandate

The Afro-Sino Centre of International Relations was set up in 2019.

The founders, Pamela Carslake and Arhin Acheampong, two professionals with expertise in international relations, came together to establish this research centre following topical debates vis a vis China’s dominant presence in Africa.

The Centre’s mandate is to undertake research on China’s engagements with Africa, focusing on key areas of collaboration between the two partners, to objectively assess the nature of their relations.

What we do


ASCIR’s AU/FOCAC Assessment Report research analyzes Afro-Sino relations broadly based on the African Union’s Agenda 2063 (The Africa we Want) and the Beijing Action Plan which culminates into the Forum for China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). We assess Africa’s 50-year development plan vis-à-vis Beijing’s rolling 3-year action plans meant to advance Afro-Sino relations.
The Center will produce annual sub-assessment reports and 3-year full assessment reports to be presented at FOCAC meetings. These assessment reports will inform and guide policy makers and stakeholders on Afro-Sino relations.

Three Pillars of Research

ASCIR will undertake research mainly in three focal areas; Environment, Education and Economy (Infrastructure/Trade/Investment) with Security and Migration being cross-cutting areas. The Center’s focus will be to assess Afro-Sino relations primarily in these areas and will prioritize these areas in all our research except in situations where specific decisions have been made to do otherwise.


We bridge the gap in information and awareness through advocacy, leveraging social media and other information channels.


We provide expert advice to relevant stakeholders, Using the specialised knowledge acquired through our research

P. R. Platform

our peer review platform allows for research papers and proposals to be evaluated and scrutinized by experts in the field across the globe.

The Team

Pamela Carslake

Executive Director

 MA in International Relations, with a specialization in Global Order in Historical Perspective from Leiden University.

Arhin Acheampong

Deputy Director

MA degree in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Affairs, University of Denver.

Joseph Onjala

Senior Research Fellow

Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi. PhD in Environment and Development from Roskilde University (Denmark)

Aaron Tesfaye

Senior Research Fellow

Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Legal and Urban Studies at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.

Adams Bodomo

Senior Research Fellow

Chair Professor of African Studies and Director of the Global African Diaspora Studies (GADS) Research Platform, University of Vienna, Austria

Kwame Adovor Tsikudo

Research FELLOW

Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography and GIS,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. University of Ghana, MA and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Mandira Bagwandeen

Research Fellow

PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, and an alumna of Fudan University in China.

Cliff Mboya

Research Fellow

Africa-China analyst and International relations practitioner. PhD International politics from Fudan University (China).

Dorothy Osei

Research Associate

MPH with specialization in Health Education and Promotion from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Susan Cossa

Research Associate

PhD student, University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Affairs. Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Government (dual major), Smith College

Hayford Yeboah

Research Associate

PhD student at the Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana. Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Psychology, Master’s in Communication Studies, University of Ghana.

Gigi Ngcobo

Research Associate

Founding partner at RoundtripAfrika. Trainee Investment Analyst at Olduvai Capital. Michigan State University (MSU) with a cum laude B.A. in Finance and UX Design