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The Growing China-Africa Information Divide

A heated discussion about the merits and dangers of Chinese loans to Africa is now taking place in the aftermath of last weekend's landmark debt default in Zambia. Analysts, finance professionals, journalists, activists, and various other stakeholders across Africa, the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere are all working ...

Africa’s Asian Decade

In today’s China-Africa Daily Brief email newsletter we showcased an article by the analyst and former Liberian Public Works Minister, Gyude Moore, arguing that the pandemic-induced economic crisis will lock in Chinese influence in Africa for at least a decade. He argues ...

What Did We Learn From Zambia’s Eurobond Default?

As expected for months, Zambia now has the dubious distinction of being the first African country this year to default on a portion of its debt. While many have framed Zambia's failures as a consequence of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many analysts have pointed ...

What To Do About the Lack of Chinese Loan Transparency in Africa?

One of the central issues in the current Zambian debt crisis is a lack of transparency that makes it largely impossible for investors, policymakers, and constituents on all sides to know what's really going on. The Chinese government and creditors are among the worst in this regard. ...

Africa, You’re On Your Own

Back in March, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was the first leader to sound the alarm that Africa's economies were "staring at an abyss" due to the financial crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. He rightly predicted that without urgent, large-scale assistance, ...

The Nested Tragedies of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

Recently we've seen two new pieces of research on Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR,) which make for fascinating – if depressing – reading. They show that the project was doomed from the start by corruption and bad dealing from ...

China, Africa and the New Biden Administration

There's palpable excitement in dozens of capitals around the world about the prospects of a new government in Washington, D.C. This is especially true in Africa, where U.S. relations with a number of countries on the continent felt like they were rapidly deteriorating and on their way ...

Q&A: Can African-Sino Agri-Health Cooperation Champion Green Recovery?

For a moment it would seem that climate change has taken a backseat in the midst of a global pandemic, yet we are increasingly seeing the need to make linkages between COVID-19 response and climate action policies. What has been termed as “green recovery” refers to ...

Dear Mr. Soon-To-Be President-Elect…

It's probably too early to congratulate you since they're still counting ballots in the last few states that'll likely put you over the top. But since the odds now seem in your favor, I thought this would be a good time to share a few ideas about ...

The U.S. Elections and the Rest of Us

Welp, here we are. It’s finally November 3. As a non-American, I’m always amazed by the power of American politics to draw in the rest of the world. It isn’t that the rest of us feel involved, exactly. And it isn’t only due to the fact that ...
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