Links to Online Versions of My Books, Articles, Working Papers on China-Africa

(for updates, see my website:

Deborah Bräutigam and Kevin Gallagher, “Bartering Globalization: China’s Commodity-backed Finance in Africa and Latin America,” Global Policy
Deborah Brautigam, “Chinese Engagement in African Agriculture: Fiction and Fact,” in John Anthony Allan, Martin Keulertz, Suvi Sojamo, and Jerome Warner, eds. Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa: Foreign direct investment and food and water security, London: Routledge.
Other years
Deborah Brautigam. "What Can Africa Learn From Taiwan? Political Economy, Industrial Policy, and Adjustment,"The Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Mar., 1994), pp. 111-138.
Deborah Brautigam. "South-South Technology Transfer: The Case of China's Kpatawee Rice Project in Liberia," World Development, Vol. 21, No. 12 (1994), pp. 1989-2001.


Anonymous said...

thank you for some very interesting articles. bravo.

Abie Martin, South Africa said...

Thank you for the great work you have done to get the real story to us Africans. Being directly affected by the Chinese connection makes this information so much more valuable and insightful.
In our case, there are also the politically based "obligations" which culminates into weird actions like declining a visitor's visa to the Dalai Lama to attend his friend's 80th birthday party.

Your articles and book help me to understand why it is that so many South Africans are currently without a job and without a future.

My view on the situation is that the AFRICAN people should rise up and demand from our governments to make Africa work and not lose the richness to some other country who has agendas which the public may not support.
Thank you very very much!

Roni said...

I would also like to add my gratitude. Thank you so much for championing this cause. I'm so grateful to stumble upon your rich resources when I needed it most. I can't thank you enough!

Canada Mapleleaf said...

From what I've read from your blog, it seems that the Chinese are not imperialistic like Americans. But I suppose that still doesn't mean it's a humanitarian mission.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing all the information on china africa relations. I am a masters student in development studies. I am currently developing my research proposal on the social and political implications of china-africa relations, using my country as a case. I want to look at it from an international political economy perspective. its all in draft form, hopefully by October end I will have it all clear. got some links on your website that will help me to refine my topic and title further. keep up the good work. Your book "The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa" is one of the key recommended books for one of my courses.

Anonymous said...

Hi Deborah!

I would like to join the "thanking" crowd! Your research is very enriching and helped me a lot in my thesis. My research topic is: "China in Africa: Case Study of Ghana in the scope of neo-colonialism". I was very happy to find your blog and download your papers on Chinese ODA (OOF). I used a lot of the information in my chapter on Chinese Official Development Assistance in Ghana!

Thanks again! And continue doing such great work!

Veronika (from Czech Republic)

Anonymous said...

Hi Deborah,
Thank you for the enlightenment about this hot topic. The big concern is that many Africans especially African elites and African leaders have not understood the way globalization works. To me, China is transporting the system that the Japanese did with China. France is implementing the same economic system that Germany imposed to France at the Hitler’s time. Foreign aid, China or other Western nations economic development programs are not hurting Africa but African leadership failure is hurting Africa. I am a doctoral student who focuses my dissertation on African leadership based on internal and external factor of African development endemic. The internal factors such as: corruption, unfair and unaccountable justice, lack of power separation (judiciary, executive & legislative), illegal capital flight, ethnicity, favoritism and bad governance are hurting Africa more than external factors such as: multinational economic predatory system, neocolonialism, foreign aid and others. Great nations have always been led by great leaders while failed nations have always been led by failed leaders. Africans need to stop blaming the Western World and take our own responsibilities and make sure we apply the rule of law, equal opportunity, and effective leadership, responsible and accountable justice with a real separation of powers between the legislative, judiciary and the executive. The internal factors kill Africa more than any other external factors.
Thank you for sharing

Unknown said...

what africa needs is partnership for businesses and investments, not handouts.

the words of "humanitarian mission" might make some people feel good but would not bring hope and future to africa...

Anonymous said...

thank you for the intresting articles!!! I'm a university student I will bring your articles to my final exam! Good job!

Anonymous said...

Hello. I appreciate your topic of research. It is true that African leadship plays a key role in developing african countries. Africa is poor coz of the african leadership as Greg Mills claims.
However,in my view, the internal factors, external factors and leadership are interacted. They affect each other.
my question is: what are the root casues of the "poor" African leaderdhip? is it becasue they totally forgot african cultural values,traditions or coz they simply embraced western cultural vaues and philosophy? contact me at :

anonymous said...

Seyoum M. and Lin J. (2014), PRIVATE CHINESE INVESTMENT IN ETHIOPIA: DETERMINANTS AND LOCATION DECISIONS, Journal of International Development. doi: 10.1002/jid.3025

Anonymous said...

Almost all links are outdated! What a shame :(

Deborah Brautigam said...

Thanks for the heads up. These were originally hosted on a website that was deleted a couple of weeks ago. I will revise this page.