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Three Experts Reflect on China’s Ambitious New Aid and International Development Agenda

The Chinese government earlier this month published a major update to the country's foreign aid and international development strategy. The new white paper entitled "China's International Development Cooperation in the New Era" maps out an ambitious new vision that integrates Chinese overseas development ...

Background: For More Than a Decade, Africa’s Been the Top Destination for Chinese Foreign Aid

Since 2010, Africa's been the largest recipient of Chinese foreign aid, even as China's ties in Asia have grown to be more geopolitically consequential. However, when reviewing data in the recently-published white paper on Chinese international development, analysts ...

Q&A: Improving Trilateral Development Cooperation Among China, African Governments and External Partners

By Jinyu Chen, Research Analyst at Development Reimagined Trilateral cooperation, a buzzword in the field of aid and development cooperation, refers to a “development relationship in which a DAC donor and/or multilateral agency ‘partners’ with a so-called ‘pivotal’ country (e.g. ...

Combatting Malaria in the Comoros Islands: How China Almost Got it Right

China’s ground-breaking anti-malarial intervention in the Comoros, where malaria is the number one cause of death across all populations, has resulted in the East African island nation being named by the World Health Organisation as “one of six African countries on course to eliminate malaria by 2020”. ...

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta Wants to Know What Happened to the Missing Jack Ma PPE Donations

Under mounting public pressure, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered an investigation into Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) and its handling of the March 2020 PPE donations from the Jack Ma Foundation, amid allegations that they were illicitly sold, lost or wasted. The ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Vaccine Crossroads

At present we’re in a moment of both hope and fear. The vaccines are finally rolling out, and with them, we’re seeing a glimmer of a post-COVID world. But is that only a mirage? The decisions that will decide that answer are being made now. A key one will be how to get a global rollout to happen faster. The longer it takes, and the more piecemeal it is, the more ...

Video: Chinese COVID-19 Aid and Medical Teams Are Becoming Increasingly Visible in Africa

The video team at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong assembled a short overview of the increasingly visible Chinese medical team deployments and COVID-19 donations across Africa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1pB2PcGzVs&feature=emb_title ...

Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s Foundation Sought Out Jack Ma to Work Together on Projects in Africa

Oxford University Senior Research Associate, Folashadé Soulé, noted yesterday that although the U.S. and Chinese governments are currently at odds (that's putting it mildly), trilateral cooperation is nonetheless taking place in Africa between the foundations of two of these countries' most prominent figures. ...

With Subtle References to China, the U.S. Steps Up Its Own Global COVID-19 Aid Response

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that Washington would almost double funding for COVID-19 relief programs around the world. "Today I can confirm that we are prepared to commit an additional $225 million in health, humanitarian, and economic assistance to further boost response efforts ...

Shipment of Chinese-government COVID-19 Aid Arrives in Ghana and Will be Distributed to 18 African Countries

37.6 tons of PPE and other COVID-19 aid arrived at Accra's international airport on Monday as part of a large-scale Chinese government relief operation to provide badly-needed medical supplies to 18 African countries. The supplies contain personal protection equipment ...

Africa to Receive a Second Batch of COVID-19 Medical Supplies From Chinese Billionaire Jack Ma

Alibaba founder and philanthropist Jack Ma announced on Monday that more donations are on their way to help African countries contain the spread of COVID-19. The latest batch of material is more focused on supplying badly-needed medical equipment, including ventilators and thermometers, rather than the Personal Protective ...
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