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East is Best

china_in_africa_web2China are taking a different approach to African aid, one that is less hand-out, more hand-up, says Simon Woolley

Over the last fifty years or more Western aid to Africa has tended to focus on dealing with catastrophe –  genocide, famine, and Aids – while rarely confronting the need for infrastructure investment that would allow countries to better compete in the global market and avoid some of the problems of poverty.

But now the Chinese have arrived in Africa with a ‘new deal’, and whilst no one is deluding themselves that China is primarily there to bolster their own global position, many African countries are benefiting from the way they do business: less hand out, more hand up.

Here Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, writes in the Guardian how change is radically taking pace in that once war torn country of Rwanda.

For further reference see this article.

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