China's Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection

How big is China's aid to Africa? Does it complement or undermine the efforts of traditional donors? China releases little information and outside estimates of the size and nature of Chinese aid vary widely. In an effort to overcome this problem, AidData, based at William and Mary College in Virginia, has compiled a database of thousands of media reports on Chinese-backed projects in Africa from 2000-2011.

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