The Newsletter 60 Summer 2012

Choose your own development path: providing advice without interference?

Sanne van der Lugt

China’s presence and influence on the African continent is rapidly increasing and other foreign powers in Africa are following this trend with suspicion. The growing influence of Chinese actors in Africa offers possibilities as well as challenges similar to those of the other foreign powers. The intense popularity of Chinese projects in Africa is largely due to the alternatives offered to Africa by the official foreign policy of Beijing; alternatives to the approaches of the so-called ‘West’ and their influential international financial institutions, previously virtually the only sources of funding for Africa’s economic development.

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