Transparency of Chinese aid : an analysis of the published information on Chinese external financial flows

Grimm, Sven ; Rank, Rachel ; Schickerling, Elizabeth ; McDonald, Matthew (2011-08)

The paper is jointly published by the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University and Publish What You Fund, the global campaign for aid transparency. The report makes a number of recommendations for how China could make progress on aid transparency:

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There are many myths and misconceptions about the level of information publically available on Chinese efforts and activities in the developing world. With the growing momentum around ‘aid transparency’ since the Third High Level Forum on aid effectiveness (HLF-3) in Accra in 2008, and the preparations for HLF-4 being held in Busan later this year, this paper on China’s aid information was commissioned to provide a firmer footing for the discussions going forward. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to map and assess the levels of aid information made available across Chinese agencies that engage in various forms of international cooperation. The paper explores opportunities to improve publicly available information on Chinese foreign assistance and how to ensure comparability with other donors.

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