In a program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, professor and author Deborah Brautigam discusses her new book The Dragons Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa on February 9, 2010 in New York. The book examines Chinese aid and state-sponsored economic engagement in Africa, and China's distinct attitudes towards foreign aid, which result in aid implementation that often differs from Western models.
China's aid in Africa is based on mutual benefit and goes far beyond a popular western misconception of a simple effort to extract oil and other strategic natural resources. China views Africa as an evolving landscape presenting many opportunities. Through diverse infrastructure projects, bilateral trade partnerships and investment, China demonstrates that helping African countries also develops local business and commerce.
Dr. Bräutigam teaches in the International Development Program at American University's School of International Service in Washington, D.C. She has lived in Asia and Africa as a Fulbright researcher and consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, and other development agencies.
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Dr. Deborah Brautigam
Dr. Brautigam teaches in the International Development Program at American University's School of International Service in Washington, D.C. She has lived in Asia and Africa as a Fulbright researcher and consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, and other development agencies. Dr. Brautigam is the author of Chinese Aid and African Development (1998), Aid Dependence and Governance (2000), and co-editor of Taxation and State-Building in Developing Countries (2008).