Chinese aid is helping African economies, but not in the places that need it most

Western donors and lenders are generally skeptical about China's efforts to assume a leadership role in providing global infrastructure, and point to the benefits international competitive bidding rules and environmental and social safeguards provide to ensure responsible and sustainable implementation of infrastructure projects. And U.S. leaders, including President Obama and Hillary Clinton, have warned African counterparts that China may be motivated not by a desire to improve the lives of ordinary Africans but more by a desire to gain access to the continent's natural resources. But many African leaders insist that China is a more reliable and efficient partner. In an AidData working paper, we put these claims to the test.

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