CHINESE ACADEMY OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION
MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, P. R. CHINA

Wed.29/10/2014

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Song Wei

There have beendebates over whether China should set up an independent agency to manageforeign aid programs like most traditional donor countries. In December 2016,the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) released peer reviews of theUS' foreign aid efforts, which identified some problems in US aid to Africabased on field visits to Malawi and South Africa. China can draw lessons fromthese assessments as the country seeks to optimize its strategic plan for aidto Africa, improve the management of projects and financial contributions andreform the foreign aid management mechanism.

According to the OECD report, on a strategic level, the US needs to makesignificant efforts to promote coherence between foreign policy anddevelopment. The 2010 Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development(PPD-6) recognizes the elevation of development as the core pillar in US foreignpolicy, which helps promote coherence between foreign policy and development.But the coordination currently focuses solely on international affairs andrarely tackles conflicts between international and domestic policies, accordingto the report. This issue is particularly important given that the Trumpadministration has been skeptical of the necessity of US aid to Africa and hasquestioned how much US aid is susceptible to corruption and gets wasted. ButPresident Trump overlooks the fact that the African Growth and Opportunity Act(AGOA) trade agreement has created more than 120,000 jobs in the US.

The author isthe associate research fellow of the Institute of International DevelopmentCooperation.

This article ispublished on Global Times (March 20, 2017).


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