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Who’s to Blame For Zambia’s Debt Crisis? Don’t Just Point the Finger at China Says Zambian Scholar

Zambian economist Grieve Chelwa took aim at the international financial services industry and governments in the U.S. and Europe in a scathing editorial published today in South Africa's Mail & Guardian newspaper.  He vented his frustration over how the story of ...

Africa’s Asian Decade

In today’s China-Africa Daily Brief email newsletter we showcased an article by the analyst and former Liberian Public Works Minister, Gyude Moore, arguing that the pandemic-induced economic crisis will lock in Chinese influence in Africa for at least a decade. He argues ...

Gyude Moore: “The Coming Decade of Chinese Dominance in Africa”

China and Africa will increasingly lean into one another in the decade ahead but for starkly different reasons, argues Gyude Moore in a provocative new column published today in African Business Magazine.  Moore, a senior policy fellow at the Center for ...

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 ...

Africa in the New Era of Great Power Competition Among Europe, China, and the United States

Regardless of who comes out ahead in Tuesday's presidential election in the United States, the trajectory of U.S. foreign policy on the continent will likely not change dramatically and continue to focus on confronting rising Chinese and Russian influence in the region.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

It’s Not All Gloomy

The last few weeks have been marked by a pervasive gloominess about Africa’s future. 

As Zambia was defaulting on its Eurobond debt, the G20 was praising itself effusively for coming up with a debt response unlikely to help anyone. Meanwhile, the depressing talking points kept coming: a lost decade, 25 years of growth down the drain, millions pushed back into extreme poverty. 

These are all realities. However, they might not show the entire ...

If Europe Wants to Remain Relevant in Africa, It Has to Show Up

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, declared this week that 2021 is going to be “the Africa year for the European Union!”  Yes, this is the same Josep Borrell who back in March 

When It Comes to the G20’s DSSI, China’s Playing by a Different Set of Rules

There's an enormous disconnect between how the Chinese are approaching the debt crisis in poor countries and the expectations of the world's legacy donors. People like World Bank President David Malpass seem befuddled as to why China is not fully supporting ...

One Way or Another Someone’s Going to Pay For Africa’s Debts

A new poll of young Arab nationals in North Africa and the Middle East revealed the kind of numbers that give people like Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron nightmares. 87% of the 18-24 years old surveyed expressed concerns about unemployment and ...

This Chart Explains Why the U.S. Just Invested $25 Million in a Company That Will Help Diversify Its Supply of Cobalt

The United States Development Finance Corporation invested $25 million in a company that will help to develop a Brazilian nickel and cobalt mine. The U.S. and a growing number of European countries are becoming increasingly concerned about China's dominance of the global cobalt supply chain, given the ...

Letter to the Editor: Contrasting Japanese vs. Chinese Investment in Africa

Dear Eric, As the Representative in Africa for JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), I would like to comment regarding your column on September 24th, "What It Takes To Compete Against the Chinese in Africa," where you mentioned that ...
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