Tracking Chinese Development Finance - Beta

Tracking Chinese Development Finance - Beta

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  • China is on a mission to modernize African farming—and find new markets for its own companies – Quartz Africa, 2 months ago

    Here, at the China-Rwanda ATDC, Chinese agronomists teach local farmers the hidden benefits of mushrooms. They grow quickly, even in bad soil, and don’t take a lot of room. They pack in protein and other nutrients. At the end of five days of training, the students take a cooking class where they learn how to make things like liangban mu-er,a salad of “tree ear” mushroom paired with carrots and cucumber, or how to stew mushrooms in tea.
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  • Chinese aid is helping African economies, but not in the places that need it most – The Washington Post, 4 months ago

    Western donors and lenders are generally skeptical about China’s efforts to assume a leadership role in providing global infrastructure, and point to the benefits international competitive bidding rules and environmental and social safeguards provide to ensure responsible and sustainable implementation of infrastructure projects. And U.S. leaders, including President Obama and Hillary Clinton, have warned African counterparts that China may be motivated not by a desire to improve the lives of ordinary Africans but more by a desire to gain access to the continent’s natural resources. But many African leaders insist that China is a more reliable and efficient partner. In a new AidData working paper, we put these claims to the test.
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  • Asia’s scramble for Africa – The Economist, 5 months ago

    Both Japan and China back up diplomatic efforts with aid and, at least in China’s case, this seems to have helped win it friends. Countries that vote with China in the UN (for instance over Taiwan) usually get more cash from it, according to AidData, a project based at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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