SAIS-CARI has been publishing a great policy brief series, if I do say so myself, but we are pleased to be part of a growing trend of interesting work by people with hard-earned and very useful knowledge about China-Africa relations. A few things that have come across my desk (or, more accurately, my email inbox) in recent months:
- While it's not specific to Africa, colleague Dr. Naohira Kitano at JICA has just published an update of his careful, ground-breaking work on China's overseas official development assistance. Kitano estimates that "China’s net foreign aid increased from US$5.2 billion in 2012 to US$5.4 billion in 2013, but dropped to US$4.9 billion in 2014."
- Richard Carey and Jing Gu at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. I've known both for many years now. Richard was a key figure in the China-DAC Study Group headquartered at the OECD Development Assistance Committee; I attended several of their meetings in the early days of attempts to forge contacts and connections between DAC members and China. Richard and Jing Gu have published a great policy brief on China's Development Finance, focusing helpfully and constructively on the transparency issue.
- Yuan Wang, Simon Zadek, and a team of people at The International Institute for Sustainable Development has published a very detailed literature review (384 papers!) of the Sustainability Impacts of Chinese Overseas Foreign Investment.This should be the starting point for anyone doing research on this important issue.
- Finally, a belated shout out on a great briefing published in January 2015 by SaferWorld: "Managing Risk in Unstable Countries: Promoting conflict-sensitive Chinese investment in South Sudan." There is also a Chinese language version. SaferWorld launched their China program in 2004. I've been impressed by the work they are doing in engaging constructively with Chinese counterparts on these issues. This report builds on several workshops held with CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation, a major investor in South Sudan) and others on managing risk and engaging communities in South Sudan.