China in Africa: impacts and prospects for accountable development

Mohan, Giles (2014). China in Africa: impacts and prospects for accountable development. In: Hickey, Sam; Sen, Kunal and Bukenya, Badru eds. The Politics of Inclusive Development: Interrogating the Evidence. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 279–304.




Development cooperation is changing as rising power donors (re)enter the fray. While a growing body of evidence explores some of the economic trends (e.g. UNCTAD 2007), we know little about the impacts of new (and predominantly Asian) drivers of development on state capacity-building and elite commitment to development in poor countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Africa is a key site given existing problems of economic development and governance, but crucially it is emerging as a strategic region in terms of resource access, trade, investment, aid and migration (Alden 2007). Of the rising Asian countries China remains the largest player in Africa, and for this reason is the main focus of this chapter (Brautigam 2009). This chapter reviews the existing evidence on China’s engagement with Africa and maps out a future research agenda in this area.

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