Building Complementarities in Africa between Different Development Cooperation Modalities of Traditional Development Partners and China


  • Richard Schiere

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    • Richard Schiere is Principal Economist, Resource Mobilization and Allocation Unit, African Development Bank Group. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the African Development Bank Group, its management or its Executive Board. The contribution of Aymen Dhib, statistical assistant, for providing support in data collection necessary for this paper should also be acknowledged.


Abstract:  China's relationship with Africa has grown exponentially over the last decade with US$95 billion in bilateral trade in 2008 and US$5.4 billion of Chinese investment in Africa for the same year. The growth of Sino-African relations also has an impact on the role of traditional development partners in Africa in particular in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, which has already led some traditional development partners to reduce their aid budgets and subsequently their Official Development Assistance (ODA) flows to Africa. The objective of this paper is to analyse different development cooperation modalities in Africa of traditional development partners and China. This requires identifying trends in aid, debt relief, general budget support, trade, preferential trade access, and investment flows of both traditional development partners and China. The paper advocates that complementarities can be built between these development modalities on a national, regional and global level. This would enhance development effectiveness, increase efficiency and create win-win situations which would be beneficial to African countries, China and traditional development partners.