The AidData Blog: The First Tranche

In a new AidData working paper entitled “Apples and Dragon Fruits,” we analyze the factors that motivate China’s provision of official financing from China to Africa.

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Tags: EconomistTUFFApples and Dragon FruitsODAChina in AfricaAfricaglobal developmentUNGAchinese development financedevelopment financetracking development finance

To engage in social science research is to contend with imperfect information, uncertainty and human error. Conducting research on international development finance is no exception; even the data that donor institutions themselves vet and publish contain errors, biases, and inconsistencies.

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Tags: Tracking Under-Reported Financial FlowsTUFFChinaTracking Chinese Development Finance to AfricaChina in AfricaAidDatadatasetopen data

Since the January 2014 release of the 1.1 version of AidData’s Chinese Official Finance to Africa dataset, our Tracking Underreported Financial Flows (TUFF) team has substantially refined its methods and expanded the scope its data collection efforts. Last week, we released our 1.2 dataset and TUFF methodology updates, reflecting these changes. So,

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in a modified form, Many in the West fear Chinese ‘aid’ to Africa. They’re wrong. Here’s why," on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog on October 20, 2015.

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Tags: China in AfricaTUFFApples and Dragon FruitsAidDatachina.aiddata.orgTracking Chinese Development Finance to Africa

October 15, 2015 – WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Chinese aid to Africa does not favor authoritarian or corrupt regimes, despite the rhetoric of Western policymakers, but African countries that align with China’s voting at the UN General Assembly do tend to receive more development assistance from Beijing.

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Tags: China in AfricaTUFFAidData Working PapersSino AfricaChinadevelopment financeTracking Chinese Development Finance to Africadataglobal development

Members of the Uganda Economics Association debate Uganda’s record-high 2015/2016 budget, whose main focus is investment in the infrastructure sector.

On a recent trip to Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park, located some 260km outside of the capital city of Kampala, I passed over the enormous Karuma hydroelectric power plant,

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Tags: ASFUgandaChina in AfricaChineseinfrastructuresummer fellowsAfrica

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