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

In "Chinese aid is helping African economies," but not in the places that need it most, the authors of a revised AidData Working Paper show in a guest post on The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog that while Chinese aid improves development outcomes in Africa, it is also vulnerable to political capture. The paper, "Aid on Demand: African Leaders and the Geography of China's Foreign Assistance", provides evidence that Africa’s politically privileged may benefit disproportionately from Chinese development projects, with fewer benefits going to politically marginalized regions. The findings raise questions about the long-run consequences of persistent or widening inequality, which a number of researchers point out may heighten the risks of social unrest, violent conflict and political instability in Africa.

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