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Apr 22, 2017


China's embrace of multilateral diplomacy in Africa is something of a new phenomenon. For years, Beijing rejected the Western aid model, preferring instead to work bilaterally with African governments where they often employed aid (or infrastructure) for resource deals. Many of those early policies were born from China's own development experience in the late 20th century, specifically Japanese aid-for-resource deals, and largely avoided engagement with the traditional donor agencies.

Among all the various international donor agencies, the United Nations appears to be playing an increasingly important role in China's development agenda in Africa. After years of sitting on the sidelines of UN-led development initiatives, China's newfound enthusiasm for these programs in Africa is a welcome change, according to Nicholas Rosellini, head of the U.N. delegation in China.

Nicholas joins Eric & Cobus to discuss how the United Nations fits into China's overall African development strategy and what impact China's more prominent role in global aid will have on the UN in the future.

Join the discussion. Are you encouraged or concerned about China's growing role in African aid and development? Let us know what you think.


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