Chinese Development Finance in Africa
New database draws upon news reports
How much aid does China give Africa? Does it complement or undermine the aid from the United States and other Western donors? China releases little information and outside estimates vary widely.
A novel approach to studying Chinese aid flows relies on a database drawing upon thousands of news reports on Chinese-backed projects in Africa from 2000 to 2011.
We, the co-authors, are not claiming that the database is fully comprehensive. We understand that some projects may not get picked up by the media.
Further analysis of the media reports of Chinese-backed projects may eventually yield insights into the extent Chinese assistance to the region is focused on natural resource extraction, and whether Chinese activities complement or compete with assistance from other donors.