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Philippa Brant is completing a PhD on Chinese aid and the implications for the international aid regime. She is a Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award Holder (2010) and has recently returned to The University of Melbourne after living in Beijing. She can be contacted via plbrant[AT]gmail.com.

China’s aid transparency woes. China & Development Foreign Aid 

China’s aid transparency woes.

Current negotiations are underway to improve aid effectiveness and establish a global partnership at the High Level Forum in Busan. There is increasing pressure on China to improve the transparency of its foreign aid program and conform to global norms. Yet, China is refusing to budge and many commentators are trying to understand why. Philippa Brant offers some insight, reflecting...
Is China challenging traditional donors’ development policy? China & Development Foreign Aid 

Is China challenging traditional donors’ development policy?

In the lead up to the Fourth High Level Forum in Busan, South Korea, in late November, development thinkers and practitioners are debating what the outcome document could and should reflect, and the role of South-South Cooperation providers in influencing this process. It is within this context that the discussion about Chinese aid in the Western discourse has now shifted...
Foreign aid with Chinese characteristics: China releases first White Paper on aid China & Development 

Foreign aid with Chinese characteristics: China releases first White Paper on aid

The Chinese Government has just released its much-awaited White Paper on foreign aid, marking the most comprehensive (official English) collation of information and an important step in China’s efforts towards greater transparency in its aid policy. Philippa Brant, who is completing her PhD on China's development assistance, gives some initial thoughts and comments. Those of who follow developments in Chinese...