Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The Danish Institute for International Studies

The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) has the pleasure of inviting you to a book launch on:

Five Myths of Chinese Aid in Africa

Monday, 7 June 2010, 14.00-15.30

Danish Institute for International Studies

Main Auditorium

Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K


Is China a rogue donor? Media reports about huge aid packages, support for pariah regimes, regiments of Chinese labour, and the ruthless exploitation of workers and natural resources in some of the poorest countries in the world have sparked fierce debates. China’s tradition of secrecy fuels rumours and speculation, making it difficult to asses the risks and opportunities in its growing embrace. The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa, a well-timed new book by one of the world's leading experts, tackles the myths and the sometimes surprising realities. It explains what the Chinese are doing, how they do it, and why this engagement has a chance of working better for Africa’s development than decades of efforts from the West.

Deborah Brautigam is the author of Chinese Aid and African Development (1998), Aid Dependence and Governance (2000), and coeditor of Taxation and State-Building in Developing Countries (2008). A long-time observer of Asia and Africa, she has lived in China, West Africa and Southern Africa, and travelled extensively across both regions as a Fulbright researcher and consultant for the World Bank, the UN, and other development agencies. She is a professor in the International Development Program at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC.


More details about the seminar are available on our website

Practical Information

The seminar will be held in English.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Friday, 4 June 2009 at 12.00 noon.

Please await confirmation by e-mail from DIIS for participation.


Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

The Conference Section

Strandgade 71

DK-1401 Copenhagen K


Ph. (+45) 32 69 87 51

Fax (+45) 32 69 87 00



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