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Two approaches to aid in Africa

China and the West

Xiaobing Wang
Adam Ozanne


There are currently two contrasting approaches towards aid policy in Africa: thatfollowed by the West is well known for its conditionality and selectivity and focus ondirect financial support, while the approach adopted by China eschews conditionalityand concentrates on infrastructure building. The Chinese approach has been criticizedfor its failure to create direct employment for skilled and unskilled African labour andbecause, it is argued, its unconditionality hampers good governance in Africa. Thispaper challenges this view and argues that the Chinese approach avoids the West’said dilemma and is more effective in generating long run growth, which may in turnfoster good governance.

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Conference Paper

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