Follow CAP on Social Media

Listen to the CAP Podcast

What the EU Can Learn From China’s Development Efforts in Africa

Legacy aid donors in the United States and Europe generally don’t look to China for inspiration on poverty alleviation programs that their aid agencies implement in places like Africa. That’s a big mistake according to Philani Mthembu, executive director at Institute for Global Dialogue in Johannesburg.

Mthembu makes the case in a new paper that China provides European stakeholders in particular with compelling poverty relief models that have been implemented both at home and in Africa as well over the past 20 years.

“Whatever views or biases one may have towards China, one cannot simply dismiss the empirical evidence of China’s contribution to the global and African development landscape,” he wrote in a new essay published in the European journal International Politics and Society.

“Without China’s own efforts in lifting over 800 million people from poverty over the past 40 years, the world would certainly not have achieved the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). But not only has China undoubtedly shown unprecedented poverty eradication efforts at home, it has also made an important contribution to such efforts abroad,” said Mthembu.

  • Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis.
  • Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations.
  • Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engagement in Africa and throughout the Global South.

China, Africa and the Global South... find out what’s happening.

Subscribe today for unlimited access.

What is The China-Africa Project?

Independent

The CAP is passionately independent, non-partisan and does not advocate for any country, company or culture.

News

A carefully curated selection of the day’s most important China-Africa stories. Updated 24 hours a day by human editors. No bots, no algorithms.

Analysis

Diverse, often unconventional insights from scholars, analysts, journalist and a variety of stakeholders in the China-Africa discourse.

Networking

A unique professional network of China-Africa scholars, analysts, journalists and other practioners from around the world.