China and the end of poverty in Africa – towards mutual benefit?

Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International Development Cooperation, and its Newsletter; first published on Diakonia, Sweden, Revised Sept. 12, 2007.

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In 2006 China hosted the Third Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) attended by 48 African heads of state and high level representatives. This unprecedented high level meeting witnessed the birth of “a new type of strategic partnership” between China and Africa.

Undisputedly, Chinese policies including trade and investments and its role as a donor and creditor will have an important impact on the future of developing countries in Africa and the joint global challenge to combat poverty.

New report from Diakonia analyses China´s role:

Diakonia has in collaboration with European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad) produced a report analysing Chinese development assistance policies, i.e. China’s role as a donor to Africa, an area not so much written on in comparison with trade and investments. The report explores Chinese views on China’s role as an important player in development policies and what responses China has to concerns expressed by external stakeholders about the increased Chinese cooperation with Africa.

Three issues in relation to devolpment assistance: … (full text).

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