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Worsening Security Conditions in Mozambique Threaten Huge US EXIM Bank Pipeline Deal Meant to Stymie China

The U.S. Export-Import Bank disregarded warnings about the worsening security situation in Mozambique and went ahead with a risky $4.7 billion loan for a gas pipeline last year that is now in serious trouble. The bank became the largest creditor on ...

From Asia to Africa to the Americas, China is Shaping the Vaccine Narrative With a Steady Stream of Powerful Images

The optics of China's COVID-19 distribution around the world. U.S. & European governments have yet to deploy an effective strategic communications plan to rival this kind of visual messaging that's been very effective to date in shaping the narrative on vaccine inequity.

China, Bondholders, and the Worsening African Debt Crisis

The debt crisis in Zambia got a lot worse this week after bondholders refused the government's request for a 6-month repayment delay. Those private creditors said they're frustrated by the government's lack of transparency about the total amount of debt ...

Who’s Next to Fall? Moody’s Points to Mozambique

In the wake of Zambia's default on a portion of its private creditor debt and the subsequent downgrade by international credit ratings agencies, investors are scanning the map to see which country will tumble next. According to the global ratings agency Moody's Investors Services, Mozambique is a ...

In the Aftermath of Zambia’s Default, Fitch Warns Four Other African Countries Could Soon Follow

One of the world's major credit ratings agencies, Fitch Ratings, issued an ominous warning that last week's downgrade of Zambia's will likely not be the last in Sub-Saharan Africa. In an article published on its website yesterday, the agency highlighted Angola, the Republic of ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

What We’ve Lost in the Fire

This weekend was a rough one for South Africa. On Sunday, the country watched as fires around Table Mountain slowly started creeping downhill, towards the beautiful campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Soon it was confirmed that the university’s African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire. Librarians are still trying ...

China Communications Construction Company in Africa

The China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) is Africa's largest international contractor, with a 40-year history of building some of the continent's largest infrastructure projects, according to a company promotional video. Some of CCCC's recent projects are among Africa's ...

Bloomberg: “Wave of Looming Defaults Poses the Biggest Test Ever for China’s Influence in [Africa]”

A new Bloomberg report projects a grim future for Africa's economic stability as it becomes increasingly apparent that countries who borrowed heavily from China over the past decade are unlikely to be able to repay those loans. The article by two ...

China’s Been Doing Agricultural Development in Africa For 10+ Years. Is it Helping?

China’s approach to agricultural assistance in Africa differs markedly from those of other donors from Japan, Europe and the United States. While other countries frame their development programs under the larger of “aid,” the Chinese instead go out of their way ...

Reflections on a Decade of Chinese Agricultural Engagement in Mozambique

It’s almost common knowledge that China is one of the main development partners of African countries. Like the other economic powerhouses of the world, China is implementing China-Africa partnerships, where, currently, the more visible interventions are related to infrastructure projects. ...

Why China Needs to Do a Better Job in Monitoring and Evaluating Its Agricultural Development Projects in Africa

Since I started working for a non-profit organization, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is: “so, if you’re giving out free money, how do you measure your success and failure?” This, of course, is a fair and relevant ...
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