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Bridging the $3 Trillion Investment Gap: Debt Relief and the Race to Achieve the SDGs and Paris Agreement

By Marina Zucker-Marques This week, policymakers, civil society leaders, researchers, and others will gather in Washington, D.C., for the 2024 International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank Group Spring Meetings. The meetings come as many ...

What 22 Years of China-Africa Trade, Development Finance, and FDI Reveals About Renewable Energy Support for African Countries

By Oyintarelado Moses Energy access and transition are prominent development objectives in African countries. Across the continent, 43% of the population does not have access to electricity and 670 million people lack access to ...

China’s Potential as a Reliable Partner for Coal Plant Phase-Down in Africa

By Niccolò Manych and Tsitsi Musasike The future of the electricity system lies in renewables, both globally and in Africa. Although a green energy transition has multiple benefits for African nations, many continue to ...

Putting Geopolitical Competition on Display: Sierra Leonian President Visits China

By Lucas Engel On Saturday, March 2, 2024, Julius Maada Bio, the President of Sierra Leone, returned from China, marking the end of the year’s first visit to China by an African head of state.

Making Sense of Competing Narratives on Debt and Climate Change

By Tim Hirschel-Burns If you are a casual observer trying to keep up with the news on sovereign debt right now, you have every right to be confused by last month’s stories. According to Bloomberg, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

The Political Economy of Active Non-Alignment  

By Jorge Heine The concept of Active Non-Alignment (ANA) came to the fore in 2019, the result of growing tensions between the United States and China and the ensuing need for Latin American countries to respond to what some 

How China Can Make a Significant Difference in Mobilizing Capital for Climate and Conservation

By Rebecca Ray On February 7, major global creditors will meet at the Global Sovereign Debt Roundtable (GSDR) to address the continuing debt crisis among emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs), which have faced a confluence of crisis factors – ...

Pass the Dictionary: Understanding the Various Forms of China’s Economic Engagement

By Lucas Engel and Oyintarelado Moses  The debt challenges among China’s borrowers, as well as China’s shifting approach to lending and investment abroad, are feeding an appetite for data on Chinese financial flows.  However, without a ...

On Tour in Africa and Latin America-Caribbean: Analyzing Wang Yi’s First Foreign Visits of 2024

By Oyintarelado Moses Every year, the Chinese foreign minister launches China’s first foreign policy visit with a trip to Africa, but this year, the tour is slightly different. From January 13-22, Chinese foreign minister Wang ...

Who Will Come to the Rescue? The Inadequacies of the Global Financial Safety Net and Its Impact on Developing Countries

By Marina Zucker-Marques and William N. Kring In an era marked by ‘higher-for-longer’ interest rates and restricted access to international financial markets, access to emergency liquidity financing is essential for emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs) to weather economic ...
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