Our blog exists to share our insights and experiences with urban planning in developing countries. It is also features our contributions in news outlets such as the Haitian Times, Urban Times, and EconomicDevelopment.org.
Whenever we mention to people that we at Pinchina Consulting are concentrating our efforts on China’s growing role in Latin America and the Caribbean, the first thing we almost always hear is, “Well, China’s in Africa!” Which is true. The historical relationship between China and Africa dates back to the 1960s and 1980s and today, 46 out of 53 African countries have diplomatic ties with China. continue reading »
My name is Zaneta Scott and I am so excited to join the team at Pinchina Consulting as a research assistant! I am an urban planner by profession, with experience working among various government agencies, particularly within the housing sector. For as long as I could remember, growing up in Jamaica’s fastest growing urban environment, I have had a peculiar interest in space and how people interact with it. This has therefore contributed to my passion for national development and good urban design. continue reading »
The minute I found out I was heading to Jamaica, I just knew I had to make my way over to the Confucius Institute. The role of Confucius Institutes is to provide Chinese language instruction and promote Chinese culture, primarily with the hopes of fostering sociocultural exchange in countries that China maintains partnerships with. With about 400 of them across the world (70-80 of which are in the United States), I was curious to know how they get established and in particular, how the Chinese government is using them to make inroads into the Caribbean. continue reading »
Our world as we know it is quickly changing (but of course you didn’t need me to tell you that). Around the globe, temperatures are rising, storms are increasing in severity, and droughts are becoming more frequent – all as a result of climate change. It goes without say that developing nations are the most vulnerable because they stand to lose the most.
The degree to which the effects of climate change occur is different for every country as it is dependent upon the geographical location, social, political, and economic implications. Thinking back to October 2012, when Hurricane Sandy decimated the east coast of the United States, continue reading »