China and the global aid architecture

Understanding China's evolving development assistance
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Benguela train station in Lobito, Angola, the first major railway project in Africa funded by China since the Tazara railway. Image credit: Elling Tjønneland/CMI

China has expanded its humanitarian aid significantly in recent years, both through contributions (mainly in kind) to relevant UN agencies and direct to governments in countries affected by humanitarian emergencies.

This project analyses the determinants of the Chinese development aid policies and the major expansion of China’s development aid, including humanitarian. It will also analyse how this impact on the global development aid architecture and policies. Case studies will be undertaken in Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania and in the relations with the African Union.