Thursday, July 7, 2016

Shout Out: Policy Studies on China-Africa Engagement

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.

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