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SIPRI hosts roundtable on Chinese official development assistance in Africa

SIPRI hosts roundtable on Chinese official development assistance in Africa
SIPRI hosts roundtable on Chinese official development assistance in Africa

On 12 November, SIPRI hosted an online roundtable discussion on the theme, ‘Chinese ODA in Africa and Implications for the International Aid Architecture’.

The online event convened academic and think tank community experts from Africa, China and Europe. The aim of the roundtable was to explore the policy implications of China’s foreign aid programme on global governance in development financing, with a focus on China’s practices in Africa.

The half-day closed-door discussion included two panels, which focused on the evolving approach of the Chinese foreign aid programme, local perspectives and implications for the international aid architecture. The discussion also touched on the challenges of implementing Chinese foreign aid projects and suggested recommendations to improve overall effectiveness and to deliver better results for Africa.

About the project

The aim of this project is to review the past two decades of China’s official development assistance (ODA) programme in Africa. It seeks a better understanding of the impacts of the programme on global governance in development financing with a focus on China’s practices in Africa. This online roundtable and a forthcoming report have been made possible with the support of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The final findings and project report will be available in March 2022.