As oil-rich Chad splashes the cash it must beware white elephant projects. Ten years after Chad’s oil came onstream, large infrastructure projects disguise a country failing to fruitfully invest its revenue

by Celeste Hicks

Four years ago, residents of Koudalwa village, near Bongor in south-western Chad, noticed 4×4 vehicles carrying Chinese people into the bush. They were searching for a good spot to build a central processing facility for their oil extraction project, having bought oil wells from Encana, a Canadian company.