While economic issues are important to the strategic positioning of Africa in China’s overall foreign policy, Africa’s broader role in China’s international agenda is yet to be thoroughly explored. As China becomes a global economic and political power, a simplistic perception of Africa as China’s supplier of raw materials inevitably neglects other key aspects of Africa within China’s global strategy. Furthermore, even as China’s goals and policies have become more diversified, little effort has been spent examining China’s internal bureaucratic processes by which political, economic and security decisions are made regarding its Africa policy. This paper seeks to examine these largely unexamined basic, internal elements of China’s Africa policy. Weblink: http://bit.ly/1i62oj2
In a new report commissioned by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Emmanuel Faber (Deputy General Manager of Danone) and Jay Naidoo (President of NGO GAIN) present a renewed vision of development aid. Their main idea is to draw on the principles of the inclusive economy in order to make development truly sustainable. Their report, ‘Innovating by Mobilising Stakeholders: 10 proposals for a New Approach to Development Assistance’, recommends that France and Europe redefine what they call public development aid. Faced with global challenges, no government – and incidentally no other single player – can come up with solutions on its own, which is why the report recommends focusing on what people are already building, at local level, and to increase its impact through a co-creative approach between companies, public authorities and civil society. The authors believe the solution is to structure development aid through “the rich complexity of the new approaches of the inclusive economy.” To do this, Faber and Noidoo have come up with 10 proposals to implement the new approach they call for. In the report, concrete examples illustrate this approach, such as field experiences, local initiatives led by coalitions of players, and examples of innovations. A few key ideas can also be highlighted: focusing on the local players, thinking “inclusive economy,” and promoting women’s empowerment. http://bit.ly/1lvRe94
Transparency International’s global corruption ranking is out!
177 countries. 177 scores. The Netherlands ended in the top 10 of best performing countries. Many of our partner countries are in the lower ranks. Rwanda is doing relatively fine on number 49 but Afghanistan ends on number 175. Find out who tops the list, and hit share to spread the word. http://bit.ly/countrycorruption
The Kingdom of the Netherlands considers the United Nations to be the primary global institution for the promotion of peace, justice and development. The Kingdom wants to be partner in this endeavor and is proud to be a candidate for a non-permanent seat in the Security Council for the term 2017-2018. http://bit.ly/NLVNSC2017
The world is engaged in an energetic conversation on a post-2015 development agenda. UN-led consultations have shown people want an ambitious agenda that tackles the “old” Millennium Development Goal (MDG) issues such as education and health, but that also addresses environmental degradation, inequality, governance and other issues. Governments’ policy choices – at both domestic and international levels – will be the most important enabler of progress towards the new sustainable development agenda. But there can also be little doubt that whatever vision finally emerges, it will be extremely expensive to fulfil. So, how should it be financed? This paper looks at whether development aid will remain important and relevant in the post-2015 era, and asks how it should evolve in response to a new international context. http://bit.ly/UN2015
After some tough rounds of negotiations, BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have created not only a new $100 billion Development Bank, but also a $100 billion foreign currency reserves pool. The announcement was made after a plenary meet of the five BRICS heads of state in Fortaleza on Tuesday. Shanghai finally won the bid to host the Bank while India will get the presidency of the Bank for the first six years. The Bank will have a rotating chair. The Bank will also have a regional office in Johannesburg, South Africa. All the five countries will have equal shareholding in the BRICS Bank. http://bit.ly/BRICSDB
Here’s the Center for Global Development's best guess of what’s going to be hot and not in global development (and beyond) in 2014. Got a better dyad? Share it on the CGD's website. http://bit.ly/hotandnot
Dirk-Jan Koch deelt zijn ervaringen in Congo in het boek de Congo Codes dat in maart wordt verwacht. 'De Congo Codes gaat over de zin en onzin van ontwikkelingssamenwerking. Een persoonlijk verhaal gebaseerd op de ervaringen van de auteur op de Nederlandse ambassade in Kinshasa.'
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