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Africa's elite exploit Chinese development aid, study reveals | EurActiv

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.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:35:44 PM EST
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Africa's elite exploit Chinese development aid, study reveals.

FIFY. In that, and many other areas, Chinese is little different from European or US "aid".

by Bernard on Sun Dec 14th, 2014 at 05:18:11 AM EST
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Indeed the second paragraph I quoted, though doubtless the work of a Euractiv desk editor, reads like a dead give-away of hypocrisy regarding embezzlement of Western aid by the same elites. However, this is still a valid counter to naive people who believe that Chinese development aid is somehow a better alternative to the West's.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Dec 14th, 2014 at 02:13:27 PM EST
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I don't think you necessarily need to be naive to believe that Chinese aid is usually a better alternative. Simply having alternatives will tend to improve the bargaining power of the recipient country, which can hardly fail to improve the quality of the aid. Add to this the fact that China, as the geopolitical underdog and new entrant in most of these countries, normally does have to offer better deals.

Of course "better than the British Empire" is not precisely an impressively challenging bar to clear.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Dec 14th, 2014 at 03:46:36 PM EST
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well, it could have been say th Congo Free State...

the first PPP in world history.

by IM on Sun Dec 14th, 2014 at 04:09:05 PM EST
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