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The Blurry Lines Between Chinese Aid and Investment in Africa

For most countries, aid and investment are two entirely different things. Not with the Chinese, though, where until recently the country's aid programs were actually managed through the Ministry of Commerce. Because the Chinese have ...

Chinese Loans in Africa: Debt or Latent Aid?

China’s lending to developing countries often comes as part of massive financial packages for mega-projects. Debt sustainability comes into question for both parties involved. Some critics warn of debt traps where China is jockeying for political influence and ownership, while other ...

The Optics of Gratitude in Africa

This week we interviewed Miriam Driessen for an upcoming episode of the China in Africa Podcast about her fascinating new book Tales of Hope, Tastes of Bitterness: Chinese Road Builders in Ethiopia. Driessen is an anthropologist and spent years interviewing the Chinese workers employed on massive ...

China Now a Major Player in the African Aid Business

China has spent an estimated $400 billion on foreign aid and development since 2000, making it one of the largest donor countries in the world. Much of that money has been directed at Africa, home to seven of the top ...

Does China’s Growing Investment in Overseas Aid Lead to More Influence in Places Like Africa?

A new AidData survey of nearly 3,500 policymakers in 126 developing countries that receive aid reveals China’s expanding foreign aid portfolio is translating into greater influence with leaders in those countries receiving that aid, but also that ...

China Is Challenging the West's Dominance in Foreign Aid

Quietly, and largely out of sight, China has emerged to become a major player in the foreign aid space, challenging institutions and norms long established by the West. Although China's international development budgets remain a tightly guarded state secret, new data  indicates Beijing is ...

China Starts to Play Nice with Foreign Aid Partners

New research from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in China indicates Beijing is starting to be more open about its international aid programs. If so, this would mark a significant change from the past where the Chinese government was often criticized for its ...

Dambisa Moyo Isn't So Keen on the Chinese Model for Africa

"For poor countries, China is no model" declares Zambian economist and author Dambisa Moyo in a September Wall Street Journal essay. Moyo's criticism of the Chinese economic model and its applicability for developing countries seemingly marks a dramatic evolution of her thinking with regards ...

Ebola Crisis: Fair to Compare U.S. & China Aid?

When the ebola crisis first struck West Africa, China was among the only major powers to not only keep its personnel in the affected countries but to also send tens of millions of dollars in badly needed aid. The US, by contrast, was visibly ...

China in Africa Podcast: “Aid, Trade & Some Indignation”

Sure, there’s a vigorous debate over just how many hundreds of billions of dollars the West has sent to Africa in the form of “aid” over the past half-century since colonial independence.  Some estimates put it in the trillions, while the OECD and others claim it’s merely in the ...
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