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Title:China in Africa: impacts and prospects for accountable development
Author:Mohan, GilesISNI
Book title:The politics of inclusive development: interrogating the evidence
Editors:Hickey, Samuel
Sen, Kunal
Bukenya, Badru
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:international relations
development cooperation
Abstract:China is the major 'new' player in Africa and impacts on development and politics in numerous ways. The author sets out an analytical framework which identifies the channels through which China engages with African development and the role the African state plays in mediating these interactions. He then applies this framework to three case studies that are emblematic of differing African state types, Angola, Ghana and Sudan. Analysis shows that China impacts on African development in multiple ways that go well beyond aid. A feature of this engagement is inter-elite brokerage which tends to bypass domestic channels of accountability and so undermines good governance. In most cases it delivers much needed infrastructure which benefits wider society. As civil and political society in Africa has started to contest this elitism, the author is seeing slightly more transparent attempts to negotiate the relationship. The chapter concludes with an outline of emerging trends and future research themes for the short- to medium-term. [ASC Leiden abstract]