The growing relationship between China and the African continent has sparked debate about existing development models and alternative methods of international development financing.
Aiding democratic progress in Africa faces an array of ongoing and emergent challenges, ranging from chronically weak state capacity to rising pressures in some parts of the continent from Islamist extremists.
China’s increasing role as a donor in the African continent has fueled speculation that Beijing is competing against Washington for influence in these countries. However, trilateral development projects allow for both countries to cooperate in aiding developing countries in Africa.
The case of an Angolan journalist who faces criminal charges for exposing human rights abuses in his country will be an important test case for the EU’s human rights strategy.
Washington’s objective should remain the pursuit of a counterterrorism approach that enables the U.S. to manage and degrade jihadist groups without becoming captive to the threats they pose.
Despite ongoing global financial woes, China and countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) continue to provide significant amounts of aid to developing countries.
Foreign assistance from the West must move beyond a narrow counterterrorism focus and governments in the region need to cooperate and demonstrate the resolve to tackle the root causes of the chaos.
While the world’s attention was fixed on the momentous events in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya after the outbreak of the Arab Awakening, the desert states to the south were undergoing their own transformations with major global implications.
Developmental change is an inherently political process and development aid must necessarily be politically informed and politically engaged to be successful.
The Sahara suffers from a perfect storm of weaknesses. Foreign assistance that relies exclusively on counterterrorism will only exacerbate the problems.