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Q&A: Infographic Shows How COVID-19 Made it to Africa

A volunteer group of young professionals and graduate students from around the world recently published a compelling new infographic that uses publicly available datasets to visualize how COVID-19 made its way to Africa. What's interesting here is that despite the widespread concern in many African countries that ...

China Ramps Up “Mask Diplomacy” in Africa 

The Chinese government appears to be taking full advantage of the country's newfound ability to produce extraordinary amounts of masks and other COVID-19 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and using that gear to advance its diplomatic agenda in Africa and other regions around the world. ...

With an Eye on China, Europe Unveils New Africa Strategy

15 years after the European Union published its last strategy document for Africa, EU foreign policy leaders have come up with a new policy vision for the continent that officials unveiled on Monday. Officials say the "Comprehensive Strategy with Africa" aims ...

Without the Chinese, Uganda is Going to Find Out if Anyone Else Wants to Loan Them Money to Refurbish a Railway

After failing to secure a $2.2 billion loan from the Chinese to build a new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to replace the country's decrepit century-old colonial-era railway, Uganda is now looking to secure funding for a much more modest refurbishment of its 1,266km system. ...

Tweet of the Day: South Sudan is one of the Few Places Where Chinese and European Diplomats Actually Seem Like They Want to Work Together

EU Ambassador to South Sudan, Dr. Sinead Walsh, posted this image today on the EU in South Sudan Twitter feed that shows herself alongside EU Special Representative for the Horn of ...

European State Media Pose Tough Questions About Railway Financing in Kenya While Overlooking One Very Important Point

It's so interesting to see EU/US coverage of the SGR debt issue in Kenya when their state-run media channels constantly point out this new rail line is unprofitable. Sure, but consider that in 2018 Germany spent $13.3 billion to subsidize its rail operations.

Report: EU Should Follow Example Set by China’s Development Path in Africa

A new report reportedly calls for an urgent overhaul of the EU aid strategy in Africa or else risk it's "global standing." In a bit of an odd twist, the authors of the report, or the so-called group of "wise persons" (yes, that's what they're called, no ...

The US/EU/JPN All Seem to Want to Challenge China’s Development Push in Africa… But They’ll Never Admit It

The U.S., Europeans and Japanese have all convened Africa-focused development summits in 2019 and one theme has emerged from all of them: everyone is keen to catch up or somehow rival China's dominance of the African infrastructure and development space.  ...

Japan the EU Sign an Ambitious Deal to Build Infrastructure in the Developing World With an Eye on Countering China

Japan and the European Union signed a so-called "connectivity partnership" to build infrastructure and set development standards in joint projects around the world. While neither the agreement nor the leaders from either side mentioned China by name, it's widely believed that this deal is intended, in ...
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