New Data Base for Measuring China's Aid to Africa

AidData introduced on 29 April 2013 at the Center for Global Development in Washington its dataset on Chinese aid to Africa based on an innovative media-based data collection program. It posted the data at aiddata.org/content/index. Estimates of the size and nature of Chinese aid to Africa vary widely. In an effort to overcome this problem, AidData, based at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, has compiled a database of thousands of media reports on Chinese-backed projects in Africa from 2000 to 2011. The database includes information on 1,673 projects in 51 African countries and on $75 billion in commitments of official finance.

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