Chinese Aid and African Development: Exporting Green by D. Bräutigam

By D. Bräutigam

Given that 1957, greater than forty five African international locations have bought relief from China, but until eventually lately little has been identified concerning the effectiveness or effect of this information. Bräutigam offers the 1st authoritative account of China's adventure as an reduction donor in rural Africa. In an in depth and hugely readable research, the writer attracts on anthropology, economics, association thought and political technology to give an explanation for how China's household schedule formed the layout of its reduction, and the way household politics in African international locations inspired its consequence.

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Both technology and values took tentative root in African soils. Their subsequent growth, or decline, was strongly affected by institutional factors within national agricultural systems, and by the interplay of political and economic strategies for state-building and the preservation of existing regimes in the three West African countries. This examination of Chinese foreign aid adds the Chinese experience to the understanding of foreign aid and agricultural development in Africa. By analyzing the design, implementation and impact of China's green revolution exports, this study sheds new light on the much neglected phenomenon of a developing country undertaking to transfer agricultural technologies which have worked well in Asia to the different physical and cultural environment of Africa.

14 Recent research on African management practices also highlighted the importance of culture as a factor shaping African development. 15 As the management research points out, culture is not simply something affecting farmers and rural people. Development technicians have their own culture, an amalgam of the universal aspects of bureaucracy and professionalism and of the specific ideas and ideologies that dominate in a particular field (such as neoclassical economics) or profession, or country .

This framework assumes that in a given policy environment, the more profitable the project (or the practices), the more likely they would be to succeed. Over time, when projects that appeared to have positive rates of return at the design stage still failed to end the continued stagnation of African agriculture, economists began to tum their attention toward inefficiencies in the overall incentive framework. The 1981 'Berg Report' concluded that poor· price incentives had contributed heavily to Africa's economic stagnation, and to the failure of project interventions in agriculture as well as elsewhere.

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