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[PODCAST] The U.S. & China spend millions fighting malaria in Africa, so why don’t they work together?

Every year malaria kills 400,000 Africans, mostly toddlers under 5 years old, and costs the continent an estimated 12 billion dollars annually in lost productivity. Unlike HIV, malaria does not require sophisticated drugs or other costly treatments. In fact, the cost of treating the disease is relatively inexpensive, according to data from the WHO, and preventing through the use of medicated ... Read More »

[PODCAST] The UN’s role in China’s African development agenda

For decades, the aid and development sectors in Africa have been dominated by Western countries who have channeled billions of dollars through international organizations like the World Bank, IMF and the United Nations. Today, amid anemic economic growth in the U.S. and Europe combined with surging anti-globalism, those once generous development budgets are now in jeopardy. Largely immune from the populist ... Read More »

[AUDIO] How Donald Trump could give China a real boost in Africa

The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially in Africa where the president-elect has said nothing about his foreign policy agenda for the continent. Not surprisingly, Trump’s unpredictable, provocative-style is sparking widespread concern across the continent as to whether the United States plans to remain engaged in Africa. China, by comparison, is moving in the opposite ... Read More »

[AUDIO] A new generation of Chinese social entrepreneurs emerges in Africa

The story of the The story of the Chinese in Africa is one that has been largely defined by either state or corporate interests. Whereas there are hundreds, if not thousands, of Western non-governmental organizations and other civil society groups have long been active in Africa, there are a just a handful of similar Chinese organizations dedicated to charity and ... Read More »

From aid to business? Chinese medical companies arrive in Africa

The following article was written by Wang Yujue, a fellow at China House Kenya “Nowadays, getting malaria is like getting the common cold,” explains Nancy, who has long suffered from the illness—a result, she suspects, of the unsanitary conditions of the community in western Nairobi where she makes home. When she was a teenager, Nancy recalls, the medicine used to ... Read More »

FOCAC 2015: Making sense of the numbers

By Kai Xue Beijing, China — The China-Africa relationship was re-launched with fresh impetus at the recently concluded FOCAC. China announced at the forum a commitment of US$60 billion in funds over the next 3 years to support economic relations. That’s a dramatic increase of 3-times from the headline announcement at the end of the last FOCAC in 2012 of ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China starts to play nice with foreign aid partners

New research from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in China indicates Beijing is starting to be more open about its international aid programs. If so, this would mark a significant change from the past where the Chinese government was often criticized for its lack of transparency in how it disperses overseas development assistance. The UNDP’s findings were published this ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Tanzania’s president knows how to play the China card

Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete returned from Beijing this week loaded with $17 billion in new loans, investment deals and infrastructure projects. The Tanzanian leader spent 6 days in Beijing where he met with senior Chinese political and business leaders. Kikwete’s lucrative trip highlights the president’s distinctive ability to effectively manage an increasingly complex geopolitical environment among competing demands from the ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Comparing Chinese & African economic development

Hannah Ryder has been on the job as the United Nations Development Program’s Deputy Country Director for China for just a couple of months. Although she’s new to China, Ryder is a veteran development professional with experience in Europe and Africa. A Kenyan-native, Ryder is using the opportunity in China to better understand what lessons from China’s incredibly rapid economic ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China steps up in West Africa to help fight ebola

China appears to be leveraging the ebola crisis in West Africa to radically improve its controversial foreign aid record. In contrast to Western countries who have evacuated their medical personnel from the region, China has sent teams of experts along with millions of dollars in badly needed medical supplies. Their efforts appear to be paying off in the eyes of ... Read More »