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Chinese Infrastructure Loans to Africa Are Not Aid – But What Are They?

As concern grows as to how countries like Kenya will repay their loans to China, navigating misinformation about Chinese lending remains challenging. Johns Hopkins University Professor Deborah Brautigam, one of the world’s leading experts on Chinese lending to Africa, unpacked the issue in a public lecture on ...

One of China’s Most Famous Experts on African History Draws the Link Between Agency and Development

Africa won’t achieve development if it doesn’t also grasp full autonomy in the international system. This is the view of Li Anshan, one of China’s most prominent academic experts on African history. This subordination to outside powers echoes that of China ...

Data Analysis for Transparency and Accountability in China’s Overseas Economic Activity

The Global China Initiative (GCI) at the Boston University Global Development Policy (GDP) Center manages five open-source databases tracking Chinese overseas development finance and investments. Through these databases, GCI aims to provide transparent data to aid the public, including policymakers, journalists, academic researchers, civil society, and others, ...

China Exim Bank’s Controversial Loan to Expand Uganda’s Entebbe Airport

New research from AidData at the College of William & Mary in the United States provides the first insight into the loan contract between China Exim Bank and the Ugandan government for the expansion of the Entebbe International Airport. ...

Comparing Chinese Rail Projects in Kenya and Indonesia

China is building rail lines all over the Global South. But how does Africa's experience with Chinese contractors compare with that of Southeast Asian countries?  The South African Institute of International Affairs recently published a paper comparing the environmental, ...

Uganda’s Entebbe Contract is Aggressive, But Is It Unique?

Media coverage of the Uganda Entebbe Airport loan is focusing on what the research lead Bradley Parks has called China Exim Bank's "aggressive" loan tactics. Parks' unit at AidData showed that the Entebbe airport won't be seized in the case of ...

How Effective is China’s Foreign Aid? The IMF Takes a Look

While China's financing to the Global South has reshaped international development, many misconceptions exist about the nature of this funding.  While China is a major funder of infrastructure, experts on international development have pointed out that it is not ...

Entebbe Airport Clarification Draws Lackluster Media Response

Last December, the Daily Monitor in Uganda unleashed a firestorm with an article claiming that the Entebbe International Airport was in danger of being seized as collateral for an unpaid Chinese loan. The story was poorly-sourced and ill-informed (for example, the loan in question wasn’t out of its ...

New Research Concludes Uganda’s Entebbe Airport Was Never at Risk of Being Seized by Chinese Creditors

Uganda's Entebbe International Airport was never at risk of being seized by Chinese creditors in the event of a default on the $200 million loan, according to new research by Brad Parks and Ammar Malik at AidData in the United States. ...

New Research Aims to Debunk Misperceptions About Chinese Investment in Ethiopia

One of the common misperceptions about Chinese investment in Africa is there's no difference between state-owned and private companies. In many instances, they're referred to simply as "Chinese" companies without understanding that there are actually substantial differences among the various corporate actors that are now active in ...
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