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All aboard! The Chinese-funded railways linking East Africa

CNN – 2017-01-17

Near Africa's horn on the easternmost part of the continent, a shiny new electric railway runs alongside an old abandoned track through both arid desert and green highlands. Some 750 kilometres (466 miles) long, the $4 billion line connects landlocked Ethiopia to the Red Sea coast in Djibouti. Like a number of other planned lines it was partly funded and built by Chinese companies.

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China is on a mission to modernize African farming—and find new markets for its own companies

Quartz Africa – 2016-11-16

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 – 2016-10-07

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 – 2016-08-13

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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A despot’s guide to foreign aid

The Economist – 2016-04-16

PITY the UN ambassador of a small African country each time a vote is called in the General Assembly. Many of the resolutions will be ones that their president and most of their compatriots neither know nor care about. Take Resolution 70, adopted just before Christmas and new year when the world’s mind is on how it will recover from one hangover while bracing for the next. The UN resolved, among other things, to hold a symposium on basic space technology in South Africa and a workshop on “human space technology” in Costa Rica. It passed easily.

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Diplomacy and aid in Africa

The Economist – 2016-04-15

THE United Nations General Assembly is one of the few great levellers in life. In it a tiny country such as Comoros, with a population of less than a million people and a land mass smaller than that of Rhode Island (America’s smallest state) has the same voting power as India, with a population over a thousand times larger. Little wonder then that the great powers spend so much time courting the minnows, and showering them with aid, to keep them on side when resolutions come up before the UN.

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La Chinafrique à l’épreuve du big data

Le Monde Afrique – 2016-02-22

Une équipe de chercheurs d’une université américaine explore les chiffres qui se cachent derrière la Chinafrique. Un travail de collecte de données à grande échelle allié à une méthodologie de triangulation et de géolocalisation permettant de dresser une carte très précise et objective de ce que fait la Chine en Afrique« Nous suivons quatre-vingt dix donneurs internationaux depuis douze ans et les données sont libres d’accès sur notre site internet, précise Alexander Wooley, responsable de la communication du site. Nous avons décidé il y a quatre ans de nous intéresser en particuliers aux investissements chinois en Afrique car il y a beaucoup de mythes et d’idées reçues sur le sujet. L’Afrique reçoit plus de la moitié des fonds chinois pour le développement chaque année, mais on ne sait pas toujours avec certitude où va cet argent car Pékin ne fournit aucun rapport aux instances internationales et ne suit pas les recommandations de l’OCDE. »

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Debunking the Myths of Chinese Investment in Africa

The Diplomat – 2016-02-21

China’s overseas investment has long worried Western observers. From the constant updates on the soon-to-be operational Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), to the rather more nebulous One Belt One Road initiative, China’s trade and economic influence is spreading on multiple fronts. This has fed into broader anxieties in the West, who feel that important allies and opportunities are slipping into the orbit of a regime that does not play by Western rules. Chinese investment in Africa is perhaps one of the most pertinent examples of these fears.

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Why African leaders like Chinese aid

World Finance – 2016-02-01

China provides a substantial amount of aid to African nations, but its motives are often questioned. Roland Hodler, Professor of Economics at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, has tested these claims

Western media and Western donors are often critical to the role that China plays in Africa. China is said to use its foreign aid to curry favor with political leaders in order to get access to natural resources, and to undercut political, social and environmental conditions of Western donors.

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10 Essential Facts About Chinese Aid in Africa

The National Interest – 2015-11-30

The global development landscape is currently in a period of tumult. A number of developing countries that were once aid recipients are now aid donors, and they represent a growing proportion of the total money spent on international development. China is by far the largest emerging competitor in the global aid market, and its unique way of designing and delivering assistance is challenging the traditional policies and practices of Western powers.

More and more money is sloshing around, as well as more players. China now has a robust bilateral aid program, but it’s also helped create alternative sources of multilateral funding for developing countries—namely, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the New Development Bank.

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Casting light on the misconceptions of China's growing aid to Africa

Devex – 2015-11-12

The international development finance landscape is changing — not just in the emergence of new donors with new money, but in the way they do things. And China, one of the world’s most significant emerging donors, is at the forefront of this change.

For the past two years alone, Asia’s economic behemoth has been setting up economic and development institutions left and right, including the Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the BRICS’ New Development Bank headquartered in Shanghai, and the “One Belt, One Road” initiative. And all this in addition to the country’s growing financial flows and assistance to other regions of the world over the past decade or so.

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Lo scenario Africa made in China: attenta ai più poveri, non ai dittatori

Vita – 2015-11-11

Tutto quello che abbiamo sempre saputo sulla politica degli aiuti della Cina in Africa è falso: lo dice un nuovo report di AidData, che rivela aspetti poco conosciuti dei progetti di cooperazione finanziati da Pechino

Gli aiuti allo sviluppo della Cina all’Africa non favoriscono i regimi autoritari o corrotti, come i governi d’Occidente hanno sempre sostenuto. Lo rivela uno studio pubblicato da AidData dal titolo Apples and Dragon Fruits: The Determinants of Aid and Other Forms of State Financing from China to Africa, insieme a un database che traccia più di 94 miliardi di dollari di fondi cinesi a cinquanta paesi africani tra il 2000 e il 2013. Secondo i ricercatori del College of William & Mary, della Heidelberg University e di Harvard, quindi, tutto quello che abbiamo sempre saputo sulla politica degli aiuti della Cina in Africa è falso.

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Kinas bistand til Afrika ligner på en prik Vestens

Kristeligt Dagblad – 2015-11-04

Afrika har fået over 200 milliarder kroner af Kina i udviklingsbistand. Bistand, der uden grund bliver tillagt skjulte motiver, viser forskning

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China's Aid Splurge Fails to Bridge Credibility Gap in Africa

Financial Times – 2015-10-28

Few policymakers trust China's advice despite the billions it has poured into some of the world's poorest countries to curry favor in recent years, according to a new survey that points to the limitations in Beijing's efforts to project "soft power".

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Many in the West fear Chinese ‘aid’ to Africa. They’re wrong. Here’s why.

The Washington Post – 2015-10-20

Western pundits have a narrative about China’s activities in Africa. It usually goes something like this: China now provides as much, if not more, aid to Africa as the United States. Much of this aid goes to corrupt and authoritarian regimes. Beijing’s main goal is to buy the loyalty of Africa’s governing elites and secure access to the continent’s rich natural resources.

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China Is Not a Rogue Donor

Foreign Affairs – 2015-10-15

In 2007, Moisés Naím, the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine, coined the term “rogue aid” to describe Chinese development money to Africa. And ever since, China’s reputation as a malevolent donor—one that props up autocratic regimes in return for access to natural resources—has stuck. As evidence, proponents of this theory cite China’s spending in Africa. It enticed Nigeria, for example, out of accepting World Bank aid by offering less concessional funds instead. But a newly released paper, “Apples and Dragon Fruits,” refutes that claim. A diverse team of scholars led by Axel Dreher parsed  data gathered by AidData, a research lab at the College of William & Mary that uses innovative methods to track development funding, and found that China isn’t actually a rogue donor. In fact, it doesn’t behave much differently than Western countries when it comes to aid.

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What crisis? 16 of China's biggest projects in Africa — it's all billion dollar territory in here

Mail & Guardian Africa – 2015-09-19

EARLIER this year, Chinese state news agency Xinhua published that the country has so far in Africa completed some 1,046 projects, built railways to a total of 2,233 kilometres, and laid 3,350 km of highways. According to the largest public database of Chinese development finance in Africa, researchers claim that there are currently 3,030 active projects in Africa. China is clearly racing to deliver on commitments made in 2012, when then-president Hu Jintao offered $20 billion in loans to African countries, doubling its previous pledge. 

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From East to East

Africa Confidential – 2015-07-30

Questions are multiplying about the costs and sustainability of China’s loans for the region's grand projects.

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Project pressure: World Bank defends standards

Emerging Markets – 2015-06-10

When people reach the ripe old age of 70 they can rightfully expect to receive some presents from their nearest and dearest. Yet when the World Bank became a septuagenarian last year it could only watch on, downcast, as some of its most important member countries rushed to offer contributions to the newly-minted Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

By the time its founding members had signed the articles of agreement in June this year, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim graciously hailed the launch of the AIIB, which he said would deliver more infrastructure to help the poor.

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Malawi under the spell of China

BNL Times Malawi – 2015-02-07

According to AidData.org which tracks down Chinese investment in Africa, between 2009 and 2012, for Malawi alone, China had implemented up to 30 projects in education, water supply, energy, infrastructure development, agriculture, government and civil society, transport, sports, women in development, communications and trade and tourism, among many others.

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Africa’s elite exploit Chinese development aid, study reveals

EurActiv – 2015-01-14

A recent study shows China’s development aid for Africa flows primarily to the birth regions of leading African politicians, while geopolitical interests only play a secondary role for Beijing. EurActiv Germany reports.

China’s growing importance for Africa is under increasing scrutiny from politicians in the West. This led an international research team, with members from the University of Heidelberg, to focus on Chinese development aid.

The results show Chinese development aid for Africa goes predominantly to home regions of leading African politicians. This also applied when there was greater need for aid in another part of the same country, the authors write.

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Studie: China hilft Afrikas Eliten. Welt-Sichten

Welt Sichten – 2014-12-12

Afrikanische Politiker verwenden chinesische Entwicklungshilfe vor allem für Projekte in ihren Heimatregionen. Das gelte auch, wenn in anderen Gegenden ein größerer Bedarf herrscht, heißt es in einer neuen Studie.

Ein Beispiel: In Yoni, dem Heimatort von Sierra Leones Präsident Ernest Bai Koroma, sei „mitten im Busch“ mit chinesischem Geld eine gut ausgestattete Schule errichtet worden. Ein internationales Wissenschaftlerteam hat rund 2000 solcher Entwicklungshilfeprojekte an mehr als 3.500 Orten in Afrika im Zeitraum zwischen 2010 und 2012 untersucht. Die Forscher haben außerdem Daten zu Geburtsort und Ethnie von 117 führenden afrikanischen Politikern zusammengetragen.

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Studie: China hilft Afrikas Eliten

Welt Sichten – 2014-12-12

Afrikanische Politiker verwenden chinesische Entwicklungshilfe vor allem für Projekte in ihren Heimatregionen. Das gelte auch, wenn in anderen Gegenden ein größerer Bedarf herrscht, heißt es in einer neuen Studie.

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A closer look at the risks and opportunities of China's aid to Africa

Devex – 2014-12-05

The debate over China’s oft-misunderstood approach to aid and development has almost always focused on the motives of the East Asian country, as the donor, and never those of the governments and leaders that receive the assistance.

How important is it to see the other side of the story — why governments accept the assistance — and how will it affect the effectiveness of the development programs that the Asian behemoth is funding seemingly at will?

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China's approach to delivering aid to Africa has both positives and negatives regarding corruption.

Australian Broadcasting Company – 2014-11-24

New Australian research says China's "hands off" approach to foreign aid can increase the risk of the money being used corruptly. One of the authors of the paper is Dr Paul Raschky from the Monash Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability. He spoke to Tracey Holmes.

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Tracking Chinese Aid to Africa

phsy.org – 2014-11-24

Is a fancy new school in an African GOVERNMENT official's hometown a coincidence, or evidence of systematic favouritism in the distribution of aid?

Quite possibly the latter, say researchers who have analysed how Chinese aid funds are distributed in Africa, testing the hypothesis that CHINA'S approach to aid makes it particularly vulnerable to such abuse.

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African presidents ‘use China aid for patronage politics’ – Research

The Sun – 2014-11-19

African leaders are almost three times more likely to spend Chinese development aid in areas where they have ethnic ties, casting doubt on the humanitarian effectiveness of Beijing’s strict “hands-off” policy in the continent.

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African presidents ‘use China aid for patronage politics’

The Guardian – 2014-11-19

African leaders are almost three times more likely to spend Chinese development aid in areas where they have ethnic ties, casting doubt on the humanitarian effectiveness of Beijing’s strict “hands-off” policy in the continent.

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报告批评中国援非资金遭不公平使用

BBC – 2014-11-19

中国曾表示,中国在2000年到2012年间向非洲51个国家提供的援助资金达800亿美元,超过中国对外援助资金总数的一半。

但AidData的报告指出,非洲国家领导人把这些援助资金投到自己出生地的可能性比投到其他地方的可能性高出近三倍。

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African leaders abuse Chinese aid and channel to their home areas-report

Reuters – 2014-11-19

China's "no strings attached" aid is being abused by African leaders who channel the lion's share of funds to their home areas, U.S.-led researchers found in the first geo-referenced database of Chinese aid to the world's poorest continent.

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U.S. "vs." China in Africa: A Message to President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang

Huffington Post – 2014-10-14

The U.S. and China are not actually competing in most of the African markets and sectors in which they are operational. They could in fact adopt much more official collaborative approaches and drop the political competitive rhetoric, which, regardless, economic agents are not following in practical terms.

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The good, bad side of Beijing’s billions in Tanzania

The Citizen – 2014-08-12

When the World Bank and the International Monetary dilly-dallied upon being approached to finance the $1.3 billion Mtwara-Dar es Salaam 524km gas pipeline, which Tanzania dearly needed to boost  electricity production and end the country’s non-ending power shortage, China came calling with a juicy and tempting offer—and government quickly took it up.

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Africa: China's Foreign Aid - How Big Is It and What Is Its Aim?

All Africa – 2014-08-06

China has greatly increased its foreign aid to developing countries in the recent years. On one hand China hopes to promote bilateral relations with recipient countries to enhance economic and trade cooperation; on the other the fast rising nation is shouldering its international responsibilities and promoting poverty reduction.

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China And Tanzania Affirm Trade And Investment Relations

Tanzania Invest – 2014-07-02

The Second Tanzania-China Business Forum was recently hosted in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, on June 23rd and 24th 2014.  

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After 23 Years, China to Reopen Embassy in Somalia

The Diplomat – 2014-07-01

China will reopen its embassy in Mogadishu, hoping that increased stability in Somalia allows for closer bilateral ties.

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Is the time ripe for China's own aid agency?

Devex – 2014-04-28

While Asia’s economic juggernaut is steadily becoming one the world’s fastest-rising emerging donors — with more than $6.4 billion in annual official development assistance, half of which goes to Africa — most observers remain clueless on how Beijing disburses these funds, what the country’s ODA policy really is, and how it views “development assistance” in terms of addressing the world’s humanitarian needs over its own commercial and economic interests.

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Mahama And Ridge Hospital Renovation "Armed Robbery"

GhanaWeb – 2014-04-15

400-bed Hospital Costs $50 million at Tamale and a 220-bed Hospital Costs US$306 Million at Accra, Does it make any sense?

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China’s role in Africa’s conflicts: Military cooperation, arms transfers and involvement in peacekeeping operations

Consultancy Africa Intelligence – 2014-04-14

The growing presence and influence of China in international politics seems to be particularly evident in Africa. The relationship between China and Africa is predominantly economic, but China’s role in Africa is continuously increasing in the political and security domains.

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Chinese Infrastructure Lubricates Outflows of Angolan and DRC Resources – OPED

Eurasia Review – 2014-04-11

China had overtaken Portugal as Angola’s top source of both imports (28 percent) and exports (46 percent) by late 2012, largely due to a series of oil-for-infrastructure deals that started in 2003.

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A little closer to the unvarnished truth

China Daily – 2014-03-28

Revised methods in keeping track of Chinese financial contributions to Africa will shed more light.

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Interactive: China's African spending spree

Al Jazeera – 2014-03-21

Take a tour of dams, stadiums, mines and super-highways financed, somewhat controversially, by Beijing. 

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China's 'misunderstood' aid approach to Africa

Devex – 2014-02-27

Details of Chinese aid to Africa have always been lacking in detail, sparking endless debates about Beijing’s true goals and if Africa will benefit at all. We learn from several leading experts why this has led to confusion within the development community.

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China Is Africa's New Colonial Overlord, Says Famed Primate Researcher Jane Goodall

International Business Times – 2014-02-18

In Africa, China is merely doing what the colonialists did. They want raw materials for their economic growth, just as the colonialists were going into Africa and taking the natural resources, leaving people poorer, says Jane Goodall.

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Top recipients of Chinese aid to Africa

Daily Nation – 2014-02-18

During the last decade, China has been heavily invested in African natural resources, developing mines, oil wells, and running related construction companies.

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China’s investment in Tanzania surges

The Citizen – 2014-02-15

China’s total direct investment in Tanzania soared from $700 million in 2011 to $2.1 billion last year, turning the world’s second biggest economy into the biggest foreign investor in the east African country, it has emerged.

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China’s scramble for African minerals

The Observer – 2014-02-07

It is undeniable: China’s presence in Africa is growing. Asia’s largest nation has been systematically cultivating enormous influence across the resource-rich continent. If the trend continues, China could sideline European and American investors entirely, experts warn.

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China's financial aid to Africa disclosed in white paper

Want China Times – 2014-01-25

According to China's Foreign Aid White Paper for 2011, the country has mainly adopted three ways to help developing countries: free assistance, interest-free loans and concessional loans, Shanghai's China Business News reports.

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Japan, China Vie for New Territory: Strategic Africa

NewsMax – 2014-01-14

Top Japanese and Chinese officials have been crisscrossing Africa since the start of 2014, a sign of the growing strategic importance both governments attach to that continent.

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Investment, not aid, is giving China an edge in Africa

Star Tribune – 2013-12-13

China has committed billions of dollars in repayable, long-term development finance (not aid) for Africa over the past decade as it seeks to secure its political and economic clout there. While these multibillion-dollar loans are almost always tied to management of the project by a Chinese company (often a large state-owned company) and sometimes include a significant percentage of Chinese labor, China has nevertheless filled a void left by the West and is now reaping enormous praise from African governments.

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Road builder Sata enthuses Zambians but unnerves foreign investors

Reuters – 2013-11-24

President Michael Sata's drive to upgrade the country's rough roads, which often become impassable in the rainy season, is popular with many Zambians like Moyo. But foreign investors, who must partly fund such ambitious schemes, are less keen on his costly promises and very public dust-ups with business.

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China a hot topic at the U.S.-Africa Business Summit

Mshale – 2013-10-22

An undercurrent of China’s influence in Africa has become a topic of intense conversation at the 9th biennial US-Africa business summit which kicked off formally this morning.

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China’s lending to Kenya hits $750m

South African Foreign Policy Initiative – 2013-10-16

China has overtaken France as the second largest lender to Kenya after Japan, reflecting Beijing’s increasing importance as a source of development funds for the country. Data from the Central Bank of Kenya shows that Kenya’s debt to Beijing rose by 50 per cent to about $750 million in the year ended June 2013, compared with $500 million in fiscal year 2011-2012.

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China drops anchor in Tanzania

Mail & Guardian – 2013-10-13

The Chinese presence in the Tanzanian economy is growing rapidly as the eastern giant intensifies its quest for natural resources and a gateway to other African states.

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Increased 'Chinalisation' of Uganda Could Boomerang

AllAfrica – 2013-09-17

Economic ties between China and Africa have grown steadily over the years, as reflected in trends of aid to and trade with Africa in recent years. For instance, by last year, trade between Africa and China stood at $200bn compared to $9bn in 2000 China and Uganda diplomatic relations date back to 1962, when Uganda got its independence.

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Untangling China's aid to Africa

IRIN Africa – 2013-09-17

Quantifying the China-Africa relationship is a difficult undertaking because China does not break down its statistics or release detailed reports about how much assistance it gives to Africa, and it has a different definition from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) of what exactly is meant by 'aid'.

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The worrying link between aid and growth in Africa

Business Day Live – 2013-09-13

Africa's robust economic growth over the past decade has raised hopes the poorest continent can reduce reliance on aid. The problem with this scenario is its failure to consider the role aid may be playing in the 'Africa Rising' narrative. Looking for a link between aid and growth, an unmistakable pattern emerges from the numbers.

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Africa's growth story

MoneyWeb – 2013-09-12

Africa's robust economic growth over the past decade has raised hopes the world's poorest continent can reduce reliance on aid.

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Reality check casts doubts on Chinese health aid to Africa

The Guardian – 2013-06-10

Dispatching doctors like Zhong to Africa is China's flagship health project on the continent. China's official figure estimates that approximately 20,000 doctors have been sent to 69 African countries so far.

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Japan to transform Africa aid into investment

Deutsche Welle – 2013-06-01

Japan has promised Africa 10.7 billion euros (14 billion dollars) over the next five years as government and private-sector aid. Japan's Asian rival China has already invested heavily in Africa.

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Report speaks about advantages of China's aid to Africa

China Daily USA – 2013-05-14

When Dambisa Moyo, a Zambian-born economist, wrote in her book Dead Aid that traditional aid from Western donors had largely failed African countries, fostering dependency, encouraging corruption and perpetuating poor governance and poverty, she said China provided another approach and gave Africans the ability to choose their own way to develop. But how large and how effective is Chinese aid to Africa?

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统计报告估计中国十年间援助非洲达750亿美元

CCTV – 2013-05-08

该报告由总部设在华盛顿的全球发展中心和总部设在美国威廉玛丽学院的“援助数据”项目(AidData)共同发布。据介绍,统计人员用一年半时间收集分析了上万篇中国援助非洲的公开报道,最终汇总成一个可以实时更新的中国对非援助数据库。

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How Big is Chinese Aid to Africa?

CRI – 2013-05-07

How much aid does China give Africa? Does it complement or undermine the aid from the United States and other Western donors? China releases little information and outside estimates vary widely. A novel approach to studying Chinese aid flows that relies on a database of media reports may offer fresh insights.

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Focus: Development finance in Africa

Economist – 2013-05-07

NOT long ago, the lion’s share of official aid to poor countries was provided by rich Western governments that carefully report what they give and to whom. But recent years have seen a rapid increase in aid from non-Western sources that do not always prioritise transparency. A new working paper from the Centre for Global Development (CGD) attempts to gauge aid flows to Africa from China, one of the more opaque givers. In the absence of comprehensive official figures, the CGD compiled a database using open-source media reports. It says that China committed $75 billion in aid between 2000 and 2011, almost as much as America ($90 billion) and nearly a fifth of the total flows reported by Western governments. Two of the largest identifiable categories, by value, were transport and energy, which could fuel suspicions that China's provision of aid is aimed at securing natural resources. But the counter-argument holds that Chinese aid, which focuses on overlooked areas like infrastructure, rather than education or health, is actually complementary to the West’s.

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Big Brother China pumps $11b into East Africa

The East African – 2013-05-04

The East African region has received about $11 billion in investment and development aid from China over the past decade, new data shows, reflecting the growing influence of the Asian giant in the region.

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Tracking the Land of the Dragon’s billions in Africa

Daily Monitor – 2013-05-04

The government of China wishes to keep the details of the billions of dollars it pumps into Africa as a secret but this has only stalked curiosity, especially from the West.

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China's 'master plan' debunked

Mail & Guardian – 2013-05-03

China has committed $75-billion to aid and development projects in Africa over the past ­decade, research shows.

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China Commits Millions in Aid to Eritrea

TesfaNews – 2013-05-03

The Guardian newspaper this week reveals that China has committed $75bn (£48bn) on aid and development projects in Africa in the past decade. US researcher group, AidData, launched the largest public database of Chinese development finance in Africa, detailing almost 1,700 projects in 50 countries between 2000 and 2011.

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中国“一掷千金”对非洲展开攻势 被指过分慷慨

Xinhua News Agency – 2013-05-02

 编者按4月30日英国《卫报》以三个版面六篇文章对中国在非洲投射影响力进行报道和分析。文章认为,中国在非洲不仅仅着眼于能源矿产等经济利益,同时着眼于增强与中国发展中大国地位相称的软实力影响力,最终达到提升自己国际形象的目的。本报摘译刊登,以供读者参考。

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Chinese aid to Africa: A detective story

Lowly Interpreter – 2013-05-02

Earlier this week a massive database of Chinese development finance activities in Africa (warning: big PDF) was launched by AidData and the Center for Global Development.

This endeavour involved a team of researchers and has taken more than 18 months, and sought to find and classify all instances of Chinese development finance to Africa from 2001 to 2011. Anyone who has attempted to quantifyChinese aid would know this is no mean feat. Despite recent efforts on the part of the Chinese Government to release more information about its foreign aid program, details at a project, sector or indeed country level remain difficult to determine. This database thus potentially offers a valuable resource.

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China can do more for Africa

Daily Monitor – 2013-05-02

How should Africa’s political elite respond to China’s escalation of its ‘soft power charm offensive’, which is widely thought to be intended to secure future clout on the continent?

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New database uncovers China's secretive aid to Africa

Radio Australia – 2013-05-01

How much money does China spend on aid to Africa? The answer is no-one really knows because of China's reluctance to reveal details of its aid spending.

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中国对非洲金援规模逼近美国

NetEase – 2013-05-01

美国智库环球发展研究中心发表报告指出,中国在过去十年间援助非洲的金额达750亿美元以上,正逐渐逼近美国的金援额度,但北京的援助本质同美国的差异很大。

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How can Africa move away from aid dependence?

BBC News – 2013-05-01

Much of Africa relies on foreign aid, despite economic growth in parts of the continent significantly outpacing the global average.

So, how is the money spent and how can countries move away from aid dependence?

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Uncover African "charm offensive" mystery

Deutsche Welle – 2013-05-01

Although the "development aid" is a positive word, but the Chinese government has been unwilling to disclose specific figures on the implementation of aid for Africa. Now, in English and American scholars try to use the media to disclose information to China in Africa "charm offensive" to outline the contours.

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Chinese gives Kenya $1.4bn aid in decade

Daily Nation – 2013-05-01

China provided Kenya with $1.4 billion aid in the 2001-2011 period, says a new report by US researchers.

Road building and other transport projects accounted for nearly half of China’s assistance, according to the study compiled by AidData, a research partnership involving two US universities and a non-governmental organisation.

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Open China Data is a Disruptive Gateway Drug

Development Gateway – 2013-05-01

On Monday, AidData released the largest Open Data cache of Chinese development finance in Africa. The Chinese Development Finance in Africa database contains nearly 1,700 official finance projects in 50 African countries, totaling over $70 billion in reported financial commitments. A stunning achievement considering that China does not regularly participate in existing information reporting systems, such as the OECD's Creditor Reporting System, the International Aid Transparency Initiative, and country-specific Aid Management Platforms.

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China commits billions in aid in Africa

The Hindu – 2013-05-01

China has committed $75 billion to aid and development projects in Africa over the past decade, according to research that reveals the scale of what some have called Beijing’s escalating soft-power “charm offensive” to secure political and economic clout on the continent.

The Chinese government releases very little information on its foreign aid activities, which remain state secrets. In one of the most ambitious attempts to date to chip away at this secrecy, U.S. researchers have launched the largest public database of Chinese development finance in Africa, detailing nearly 1,700 projects in 50 countries between 2000 and 2011.

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中国的发展合作的独到之处 -NAI Forum, 2013年第5期

Altura Partners China – 2013-05-01

随着近期基于媒体的数据库China-Aid-Data工作报告的发布,中国对非洲的发展金融援助再次引起了激烈的争论。最近我应邀参加全球发展中心(CGD)举办的活动并受邀上台给予了评论。我并没有将重点放在中国对非洲的发展援助的规模和技术问题上,而是重点阐述了中国从事南南发展合作的独特性及其对非洲发展的影响。

首先,西方批评人士在评论中国的对外援助时往往认识不到南南发展合作(SSDC)的性质与发达国家的官方援助(Aid)有着本质的差别。因此,将中国的南南发展合作规模与西方发达国家的援助规模进行比较,却不考虑双方的人均收入,显然没有任何意义。

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中共对非洲秘密援助新数据曝光

Epoch Times – 2013-05-01

根据位于华盛顿的智库,全球发展中心和援助数据项目提供的研究和数据,北京政府从2000-2011年,在50个非洲国家设立了1673个中国发展融资项目,价值750亿美元。

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New database reveals China’s ‘secret’ aid to Africa

RT – 2013-04-30

Economic development researchers have unveiled a database revealing details of China’s financial aid to Africa. The information bank dispels previous assumptions that Beijing is focusing solely on resource extraction and big infrastructure projects.

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China trails US in Africa trade

Enca.com – 2013-04-30

A study has revealed that China has committed more than $75 billion to Africa in the past decade, at a very close second to the United States.

The database which was released on Monday by the Center for Global Development aims to be the most comprehensive account yet of foreign assistance by China, which has faced criticism in Western countries suspicious of Beijing's motives.

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Focus on Africa Interview with Brad Parks

BBC World News – 2013-04-30

Hear AidData's Brad Parks discuss the release of data on Chinese development finance to Africa starting at about 16 minutes in on this sound clip.

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Roads and energy main beneficiaries of Chinese aid to Kenya, report

Africa Review – 2013-04-30

China provided Kenya with a total of $1.4 billion in aid during the 2001-2011 period, according to a report issued on Monday by US-based researchers.

Road-building and other transport projects accounted for nearly half of China's assistance to Kenya during those years, says the study compiled by AidData, a research partnership involving two US universities and a nongovernmental organisation.

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6 Surprising facts about Chinese aid to Africa

one.org – 2013-04-30

It’s undeniable. China has a huge presence in Africa. Many Africans can point out Chinese-funded buildings, roads and mines, and it’s not uncommon to see more than a few Chinese faces around construction projects and efforts across the development sector. As the country moves toward the up and up both economically and as a world superpower, so will its aid to the continent.

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L'aide chinoise au développement décryptée

Jeune Afrique – 2013-04-30

D'après une enquête menée sur la période 2000-2011, la Chine a versé plus de 75 milliards de dollars d'aide à l'Afrique, soit presque l’équivalent de l’aide consentie par les États-Unis sur la même période. Cette initiative d'une université américaine vie

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AidData, CGD project sheds light on China's foreign aid

William and Mary News – 2013-04-29

A database that tracks China’s financial commitment to development in Africa was released Monday by researchers from the Center for Global Development (CGD) and AidData, a partnership between Brigham Young University, the College of William & Mary, and Development Gateway.

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$75 billion in previously secret Chinese aid to Africa

Quartz – 2013-04-29

Database reveals government has backed 1,700 projects on continent since 2000 in apparent attempt to win favour. The country's financial commitments are significantly larger than previous estimates.

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China commits billions in aid to Africa as part of charm offensive

The Guardian – 2013-04-29

China has committed $75bn (£48bn) on aid and development projects in Africa in the past decade, according to research which reveals the scale of what some have called Beijing's escalating soft power "charm offensive" to secure political and economic clout on the continent.

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China ranks second to US in money to Africa

South China Morning Post – 2013-04-29

China committed more than US$75 billion to Africa in the past decade, coming close to the level of US money although the nature of Beijing’s support was far different, a study said on Monday.

The database released by the Center for Global Development aims to be the most comprehensive account yet of foreign assistance by China, which has faced criticism in Western countries suspicious of Beijing’s motives.

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New database focuses on China's secretive aid to Africa

Reuters – 2013-04-29

Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance.

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China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection

Center for Global Development – 2013-04-29

How big is China’s aid to Africa? Does it complement or undermine the efforts of traditional donors? China releases little information and outside estimates of the size and nature of Chinese aid vary widely. In an effort to overcome this problem, AidData, based at William and Mary College in Virginia, has compiled a database of thousands of media reports on Chinese-backed projects in Africa from 2000-2011.

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Ghana plays ball as China splashes cash on gyms and stadiums

The Guardian – 2013-04-29

Chinese arms manufacturer PTI has paid for stadiums and gyms but its interest in the African nation is more than sporting.

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Africa's future leaders benefit from Beijing's desire to win hearts and minds

The Guardian – 2013-04-29

China's African aid programme aims to offer 18,000 government scholarships and train 30,000 Africans by 2015.

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Chinese hospital heals sore spot in Zambia

The Guardian – 2013-04-29

Medical staff from both countries mingle at first general hospital in Lusaka, which helps focus attention on positive Chinese ties.

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China hopes to hit the right note with Algeria opera house

The Guardian – 2013-04-29

New 1,400-seat venue offered as gift by Chinese government hailed as a symbol of friendship between the two countries.

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Chart of the week: tracking China’s investments in Africa

Financial Times – 2013-04-13

Much has been written about China in Africa – a relationship that has been described as neo-colonial as China’s appetite for African resources has boomed and China has embarked on landmark projects such as the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa (pictured left).

But quantifying the China-in-Africa story has been hard. There are official projects, aid donations, gifts, credit lines and more. Adding all that up is tricky – but a new database from AidData shows just how vast and sprawling Chinese investment in Africa has become. Chart of the week has run the numbers.

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Does legalization Reduce Black Market Activity? Evidence from A Global Ivory Experiment and Elephant Poaching Data?

NBER WORKING PAPER SERIES – 2016-06-01

Black markets are estimated to represent a fifth of global economic activity, but their response to policy is poorly understood because participants systematically hide their actions. It is widely hypothesized that relaxing trade bans in illegal goods allows legal supplies to competitively displace illegal supplies, but a richer economic theory provides more ambiguous predictions. Here we evaluate the first major global legalization experiment in an internationally banned market, where a monitoring system established before the experiment enables us to observe the behavior of illegal suppliers before and after. International trade of ivory was banned in 1989, with global elephant poaching data collected by field researchers since 2003. A one-time legal sale of ivory stocks in 2008 was designed as an experiment, but its global impact has not been evaluated. We find that international announcement of the legal ivory sale corresponds with an abrupt ~66% increase in illegal ivory production across two continents, and a possible ten-fold increase in its trend. An estimated ~71% increase in ivory smuggling out of Africa corroborates this finding, while corresponding patterns are absent from natural mortality and alternative explanatory variables. These data suggest the widely documented recent increase in elephant poaching likely originated with the legal sale. More generally, these results suggest that changes to producer costs and/or consumer demand induced by legal sales can have larger effects than displacement of illegal production in some global black markets, implying that partial legalization of banned goods does not necessarily reduce black market activity.

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Are African leaders misusing Chinese development finance? The price of country ownership

International Growth Centre – 2015-08-18

African leaders seem to value aid from China because of the way in which Beijing puts the ‘country ownership’ principle into practice and fosters respect for the autonomy of a recipient government to manage their own development policies.

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African Leaders and China's Foreign Assistance

Ambassador David Shinn – 2014-12-02

Aid Data published in November 2014 a study titled "Aid on Demand: African  Leaders and the Geography of China's Foreign Assistance" by Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Roland Hodler, Bradley Parks, Paul Raschky, and Michael Tierney.  The study investigates whether political leaders of aid-receiving African countries use foreign aid to further their own political or personal interests.  

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Does Chinese aid mainly go to African presidents' villages

China in Africa - The Real Story – 2014-11-20

A new paper released by the folks at AidData argues that Chinese aid goes disproportionately to the birthplace regions of African leaders. Media comment is building up on this paper, and an article in The Guardian seems to be leading the way. I am actually somewhat sympathetic to the argument of the paper. My own anecdotal observations suggest that at least one of the 3 primary schools financed in many African countries by the Chinese (following a 2006 FOCAC pledge to build 100 primary schools across Africa) has often been located in an African president's hometown. However, the vast majority of Chinese official aid projects are financed in capital cities -- something the researchers neglected to discuss.

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Chinese ontwikkelingshulp minder effectief

Blogaap – 2014-11-20

De hulp die de Chinese overheid naar Afrikaanse landen stuurt, wordt door regeringsleiders gebruikt om hun eigen politieke doelen te dienen. Daardoor draagt de Chinese hulp minder bij aan het bestrijden van armoede dan hulp van andere landen of organisaties, zegt AidData.

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Does Chinese aid mainly go to African presidents' villages?

ChinainAfrica – 2014-11-19

A new paper released by the folks at AidData argues that Chinese aid goes disproportionately to the birthplace regions of African leaders. Media comment is building up on this paper, and an article in The Guardian seems to be leading the way. I am actually somewhat sympathetic to the argument of the paper. My own anecdotal observations suggest that at least one of the 3 primary schools financed in many African countries by the Chinese (following a 2006 FOCAC pledge to build 100 primary schools across Africa) has often been located in an African president's hometown. However, the vast majority of Chinese official aid projects are financed in capital cities -- something the researchers neglected to discuss.

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NGOs, climate aid, and China’s change of heart

Devpolicy.org – 2014-10-21

Historically, China has given little of its aid budget to climate change adaptation projects. Information collected byAidData, a website that tracks global aid and development flows, shows that China has provided direct assistance for only two projects related to the environment and climate change since 2000. This is out of more than 2,100 official finance projects funded by Chinese aid in developing countries, worth over $US 70bn.

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China in Africa: Developing a continent

IFCL Group – 2014-06-19

In the last decade, investment in Africa by the world's second-largest economy has surged to $2.9 billion from $75 million, and with it China's influence can be seen everywhere, Zhang Yuwei reports from New York.

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How ‘rogue’ is China’s aid?

The Washington Post – 2014-06-10

In May Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged $12 billion in new development assistance to African governments and promised technology transfers to make high-speed rail a reality on the continent. His pledge reflects China’s rise to the status of major player in global development finance, with annual development assistance equaling or surpassing aid from the United States, the biggest player in the aid game. In addition, China has had a meteoric rise as an international trader and source of foreign direct investment (FDI).

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Angola’s Chinese-built rail link and the scramble to access the region’s resources

journalism.co.za – 2014-03-30

The Lobito Corridor between Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo is a game-changer in the new scramble for Africa’s mineral riches. Namibian investigative journalist John Grobler travelled 8000 kilometres to find out who is building it and why.

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Revised method to track Chinese aid to Africa

Word Press – 2014-02-19

The above graphic from a story in the Daily Nation in Kenya shows how much financial assistance China has pumped into Africa in recent years. It’s based on data from the research initiative AidData collected through an open-source method of tracking flows of financing from China into the continent.

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China's Charm Offensive: Beyond Appearances

University of Southern California – 2014-01-31

Since the beginning of the 21st century, China has been a rising star in the arena of public diplomacy. Its PD campaign, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, involves fourteen separate Departments, including the United Front Work Department, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Culture, and the General Administration of Press and Publication. The colossal campaign aims to brand China as a responsible, peace-loving, and culturally sophisticated nation. China has done this through generous aid to Africa, the global expansion of its media properties, and the rapid growth of Confucius Institutes.

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Chinese development financing to Africa: An update

Lowy Institute for International Policy – 2014-01-31

The team at AidData has just released an important update to their database, based on a revised methodology. They've dubbed this 'TUFF' (Tracking Underreported Financial Flows) and it is a useful document for anyone working on the development financing activities of donors who don't report to the OECD DAC (or any other database). The database itself is a treasure-trove of project-level information on Chinese activities in Africa.

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From Open Data to Open Development:

Open Knowledge Foundation China – 2013-12-12

Chinese aid to Africa has always been a highly controversial issue, despite delivering aid to Africa for nearly 60-year, it is unclear how much money Africa has received.

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How does Chinese aid interact with level of democracy in poor countries?

An Africanist Perspective – 2013-09-20

Past research has shown that 'though aid [from wealthier, mostly Western democracies] does not affect quality of life in the aggregate, it is effective when combined with democracy, and ineffective (and possibly harmful) in autocracies' [Kosack, 2003]. So does the effect of Chinese aid/finance to poorer countries follow this pattern? In other words, does the institutional incongruence effect also hold for autocratic donors?

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US, China Come Together Over Africa (Sort Of)

The Diplomat – 2013-06-30

Over the weekend the U.S. and China sought to downplay that they are locked in a fierce competition for influence in Africa. During a press gaggle on Air Force One while en route to South Africa, President Barack Obama told reporters that the U.S. and China are not engaged in a Cold War on the continent.

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Have Something to Say About China? Grab the Open Mic.

China Open Mic – 2013-06-08

Despite the fact that China lifted over 600 million of its people out of poverty, and that its international aid traces back to mid-20th century, China is largely regarded as the new kid on the block. Bits and pieces of easy information is used to purport various assertive, but not always comprehensive, viewpoints toward China’s role in global development.

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AidData and China's Foreign Aid Policy

The Borgen Project – 2013-06-06

In the past decade, China has committed at least $75 billion to aid and development in Africa. Since 2000, there has been up to 1,700 projects, and China’s commitment to development in Africa stands as one of the strongest of any donor country. Research in the U.S. has created a large public database of these projects, named AidData, in order to analyze China’s efforts.

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Soft Power? China Has Plenty

The Diplomat – 2013-06-04

China is a failure when it comes to soft power – or so we’re told.  

A giant in the hard-power leagues of money and military strength, China is often portrayed as a minnow swimming against the global tide of ideas and perceptions. Unloved and misunderstood, the country can only get things done through the use of carrots and sticks, not by capitalizing on the warm sentiments of others. Foreigners, in the end, pay heed to China only because they have to, not because they want to.

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What on earth is going on downstairs?

China Daily – 2013-05-31

That's The question everyone should be asking about China's ties with Africa

International aid to Africa, and the way it is being reported in the media, remains controversial.

When the British government announced recently that it would cut off aid to South Africa in 2015, choosing instead to base its future relationship with the country on trade rather than aid, it was met by a furious reaction from the South African government. This step was interpreted by some as related to South Africa's inclusion in the BRICS bloc of emerging economies and closer ties to China.

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Chinese Aid Data WANTED! - AidData's Findings on Chinese Aid to Africa

Center for Global Prosperity – 2013-05-31

Along with China’s drastic economic development, the focus of its official assistance to Africa has shifted from pure financial assistance to trade and investment. On the other hand, the Chinese government has always been reluctant to expose its foreign aid data to the outside world, which gives rise to negative assumptions based mostly on independent cases and incomplete information.

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Gates to China; More Aid Please

Devex – 2013-05-29

Bill Gates, the world’s richest man and one of its most influential philanthropists, is asking China to not only be a rising economic juggernaut, but also become a bigger player in development.


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China-Africa Cooperation Is Unique

NAI Forum – 2013-05-26

There is now a heated debate about China’s development finance in Africa due to the recent publication of a media-based database. These comments focus on the uniqueness and development impact of China’s Development Cooperation in Africa.

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Transparency Camp & Chinese aid

Publish What You Fund – 2013-05-13

Last week l  was in Washington D.C. to attend the Sunlight Foundation’s excellent Transparency Camp and present our plans for the 2013 Index. I also had a chance to meet with some of our campaign partners, mainly to put faces to email addresses but also to share notes on our various activities in the U.S.

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Chinese Development Finance and Strategies of Political (and Territorial) Survival in Sudan

AidData – 2013-05-08

Of more than $5 billion in official development finance commitments from China to Sudan between 2000 and 2011, none has been allocated for oil exploitation. Instead, a substantial majority has been invested in power generation.

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AidData Launches Online Tool to Track Chinese Aid in Africa

Global Integrity – 2013-05-08

A comprehensive tool that tracks Chinese development finance was released April 29th by AidData, a partnership between Brigham Young University, the College of William and Mary, and fellow OpenGov Hub tenant, Development Gateway. Released at the Center for Global Development, the online database platform tracks development finance flows to the continent from 2000-2011.

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Development finance in Africa

The Economist – 2013-05-07

NOT long ago, the lion’s share of official aid to poor countries was provided by rich Western governments that carefully report what they give and to whom. But recent years have seen a rapid increase in aid from non-Western sources that do not always prioritise transparency. A new working paper from the Centre for Global Development (CGD) attempts to gauge aid flows to Africa from China, one of the more opaque givers. In the absence of comprehensive official figures, the CGD compiled a database using open-source media reports.

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Health priority in China-Africa relations

The BRICS Post – 2013-05-06

China is pushing for more Chinese presence in the health sector in the African continent.

“We hope to see that more Chinese medical institutions, research institutions, universities, and civil society focus on and enter into Africa and make greater contribution to China- Africa health cooperation,” said Ma Xiaowei, Chinese Vice Minister of National Health on Monday.


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Tracking Chinese Aid to Africa

The Borgen Project – 2013-05-05

Amidst a flurry of excitement and criticism, AidData released their latest project: a dataset tracking Chinese aid to Africa. This user-friendly free dataset has sparked debate among policy, practitioner, and academic circles.

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The AidData database debate heats up

Wits China Africa – 2013-05-03

The newly released AidData database on China’s development finance to Africa has created quite a storm amongst China-Africa watchers.

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What are the true effects of China’s investment and aid flow into Africa?

Understanding Modern China – 2013-05-03

China’s increasing levels of investment and aid into the African continent have been discussed widely, including in the posts of this blog, however China’s continued reluctance to reveal the precise level of development finance expended each year make it a difficult issue to analyse.

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China challenges US in aid to Africa

Radio France Internationale – 2013-05-02

A new study shows that China has spent 75 billion dollars (57 billion euros) on foreign aid to Africa in the past decade. According to the Centre for Global Development, a Washington-based NGO, and researchers at AidData, Beijing launched more than 1,600 projects in Africa. China does not publish its foreign aid figures. But researchers say that the Chinese are sending almost as much money to Africa as the Americans are.

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China second largest provider of aid to Africa

Shanghaiist – 2013-05-02

A study released Monday claims China has committed over $75 billion in aid to African countries in the past decade - an amount only outdone by the US's $90 billion donation, according to the South China Morning Post.

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AidData: Why it is not Wikipedia

China in Africa: The Real Story – 2013-05-02

The debate about AidData's "crowd-sourcing" methodology is heating up (see comments on my post from April 30). A recent note on Development Gateway in support of AidData compared AidData's methodology to Wikipedia, saying that this kind of crowd-sourcing of information can be productive.

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Chinese Aid to Africa: A Detective Story

The Interpreter – 2013-05-02

Earlier this week a massive database of Chinese development finance activities in Africa was launched by AidData and the Center for Global Development. This endeavour involved a team of researchers and has taken more than 18 months, and sought to find and classify all instances of Chinese development finance to Africa from 2001 to 2011.

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China’s Investment in Demining Africa

Landmines in Africa – 2013-05-02

There is a lot of hand-wringing in the international community about the Chinese involvement in Africa. To be sure, China’s investments often appear to be very self-serving, especially the oil and mineral extraction activities. But China has also learned the important lesson of soft power and has made investments that, unlike the oil wells, roads and gifts to leaders, don’t have an immediate return.

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Can Crowd Sourcing Improve Data on Chinese Aid to Africa?

Monkey Cage Blog – 2013-05-01

AidData has a full response to Deborah Brautigam’s criticism of their data that I discussed yesterday. The debate contains a lot of nuts and bolts but it also raises some issues that should  interest anyone involved in using or collecting large amounts of data based onlocal media reports:

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Chinese foreign aid in Africa (World Daily Blog)

Toronto Star – 2013-05-01

A new opera house in Algeria. Traffic lights in Liberia’s capital city. A malaria prevention centre in Mozambique.

These are some of the aid programs China has financed in recent years in Africa.

new study and database released by the Center for Global Development in Washington and AidData, a research group at William and Mary College, has turned up details on 1,673 Chinese development projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries between 2000 and 2011.

The data’s release comes after years of China refusing to release details of its aid activities. That lack of transparency has worried some aid critics, who say China’s aid to Africa is growing by leaps and bounds as the continent has become a significant source of oil and mining riches.

China, which like western countries use aid to bolster influence in Africa’s 54 countries, is often criticized for offering aid without demanding local governments improve human rights.

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Unexpected patterns revealed on Chinese aid to Africa

Devex Impact – 2013-05-01

How is China providing aid to Africa? A new database tracking Chinese aid to African countries reveals unexpected patterns in Beijing’s funding priorities and focus sectors, but an expert on China-Africa relations is questioning these findings and the methodology used.

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Can Crowd Sourcing Improve Data on Chinese Aid to Africa?

The Monkey Cage – 2013-05-01

AidData has a full response to Deborah Brautigam’s criticism of their data. The debate contains a lot of nuts and bolts but it also raises some issues that should interest anyone involved in using or collecting large amounts of data based onlocal media reports.

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Chinese foreign aid in Africa

The Star – 2013-05-01

A new opera house in Algeria. Traffic lights in Liberia’s capital city. A malaria prevention centre in Mozambique. These are some of the aid programs China has financed in recent years in Africa. A new study and database released by the Center for Global Development in Washington and AidData, a research group at William and Mary College, has turned up details on 1,673 Chinese development projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries between 2000 and 2011.

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Database reveals extent of China’s aid to Africa

Japan Times – 2013-05-01

WASHINGTON – China committed more than $75 billion to Africa over the past decade, coming close to the level of U.S. aid, though the nature of Beijing’s support was far different, a study said Monday.

The database released by the Center for Global Development aims to be the most comprehensive account yet of foreign assistance by China, which has faced criticism in the West by countries suspicious of Beijing’s motives.

The report found that China committed $75.4 billion to Africa from 2000 to 2011, just under the $90 billion by the U.S. and representing about one-fifth of the total from all major donor nations.

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A Rejoinder to Rubbery Numbers on Chinese Aid

AidData – 2013-05-01

In this post, we respond to Deborah Brautigam’s review of our Chinese development finance data collection project. Our initiative is premised on the idea that we should open our data and methods to criticism in order to improve them. To this end, we provided all users with a methodology that describes all our procedures and methods.

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Chinese Aid Data

The Monkey Cage – 2013-04-30

China is often accused of using aid strategically to advance its own interests with little regard for the welfare of the developing countries in which it is investing. Axel Dreher and Andreas Fuchs have pointed out that all countries use aid to advance their strategic interests and that the pattern of aid giving from China does not look all that different from other OECD countries, including the United States.

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How Do You Track Chinese Development Finance? You Have to Follow the Money!

AidData – 2013-04-30

Chinese development finance activities in Africa often provoke strong reactions -- both positive and negative. Yet they remain poorly understood. Scholars, policy analysts, and journalists who study Chinese aid and investment operate in an information-poor environment. Beijing does not release country-level or project-level data on its overseas development activities.

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Rubbery Numbers for Chinese Aid to Africa

China in Africa: The Real Story – 2013-04-30

Today, a new paper and media-based dataset on Chinese aid/finance was released by the AidData project, in an event at the Center for Global Development. AidData collected these numbers over the past 18 months, from media reports. According to AidData, the Chinese have committed $75 billion in official development finance to Africa, 2000 to 2011.

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Chart of the week: Tracking China's investments in Africa

Financial Times – 2013-04-30

Quantifying the China-in-Africa story has been hard. There are official projects, aid donations, gifts, credit lines and more. Adding all that up is tricky – but a new database from AidData shows just how vast and sprawling Chinese investment in Africa has become. Chart of the week has run the numbers.

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Chinese AidData

Monkey Cage Blog – 2013-04-30

China is often accused of using aid strategically to advance its own interests with little regard for the welfare of the developing countries in which it is investing. Axel Dreher and Andreas Fuchs have pointed out that all countries use aid to advance their strategic interests and that the pattern of aid giving from China does not look all that different from other OECD countries, including the United States.

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New Data Base for Measuring China's Aid to Africa

David Shinn – 2013-04-30

AidData introduced on 29 April 2013 at the Center for Global Development in Washington its dataset on Chinese aid to Africa based on an innovative media-based data collection program.  It posted the data at aiddata.org/content/index. Estimates of the size and nature of Chinese aid to Africa vary widely.  In an effort to overcome this problem, AidData, based at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, has compiled a database of thousands of media reports on Chinese-backed projects in Africa from 2000 to 2011.  The database includes information on 1,673 projects in 51 African countries and on $75 billion in commitments of official finance.  

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Tracking Venezuelan Development Finance and South-South Activities in the Caribbean

AidData – 2013-01-24

In 2012, AidData began developing an innovative methodology that enables the systematic collection of project-level development finance data from media sources for donors that are either unwilling or unable to disclose such information. A project funded by the Roy R. Charles Center at the College of William and Mary program employed this media-based data collection (MBDC) methodology to produce a dataset that captures more than $7.6 billion (2009 USD) in Venezuelan development finance from 2000 to 2011.

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Aid Fishing in the Yemen: Tracking Saudi Development Assistance to Its Southern Neighbor

AidData – 2012-10-23

Many donors not reporting to the OECD Development Assistance Committee (“non-DAC”) lack either the capacity or the political will to publish detailed information about their development cooperation activities. This summer, we helped pilot this methodology by testing its usefulness in tracking Saudi Arabian aid flows to Yemen, which are not published through official channels.

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