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Domestic Factors and China's Health Aid Programs in Africa

Contributor: Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health
November 2011
Center for Strategic and International Studies

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"Domestic Factors and China's Health Aid Programs in Africa" is a chapter in the Center for Strategic and International Studies report, China's Emerging Global Health and Foreign Aid Engagement in Africa.

During the past five years, the growing discussion on China's "soft power" has rekindled interest in China's health aid policy and practice in Africa. Interestingly, while the evolution of China's overall foreign aid policy has been addressed by seminal works, such as Deborah Bršutigam's The Dragon's Gift, little scholarly attention has been paid to the policy dynamics behind China's health aid. By focusing on the domestic political and economic factors that shape China's global health and foreign aid programs in Africa, this chapter hopes to shed light on the opportunities and obstacles for China to become more collaborative with the global donor community.

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