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GLOBAL CHINA RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT
After providing a staggering amount of finance for overseas development projects in the wake of the global financial crisis, Chinese overseas development finance has been on a general downward trend for several years.
What is the status of China’s overseas development finance in the COVID-19 era? And looking forward, how likely is China to return to large scale lending levels?
The China’s Overseas Development Finance (CODF) Database, managed by the Boston University Global Development Policy Center, recorded 28 new loan commitments in 2020 and 2021 worth a combined value of $10.5 billion, the lowest in recent years.
A new policy brief shares insights on the state of China’s overseas development finance from 2008-2021 and how borrowers, sectors and loan types have changed over the years.Explore the Data Read the Policy Brief
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At a Crossroads: Chinese Development Finance to Latin America and the Caribbean, 2022March 21, 2023
The China Development Bank (CDB) and the Export-Import Bank of China (CHEXIM), China’s two most active development finance institutions (DFIs), have historically accounted for the... [ More ]
Another $4 Billion on the Table? The Role of China’s Sinosure in Africa’s Debt NegotiationsFebruary 16, 2023
By Oyintarelado Moses and Kevin P. Gallagher Recent reports suggest there may be new momentum in the beleaguered Group of 20 (G20) Common Framework negotiations in... [ More ]
Webinar Summary – “Small is Beautiful”: A New Era in China’s Overseas Development Finance?February 06, 2023
By Hua-Ke (Kate) Chi On Thursday, January 26, the Boston University Global Development Policy (GDP) Center hosted a webinar discussion for the 2023 update of the... [ More ]
The Global Diffusion of Special Economic Zones: Evidence from Ethiopia and VietnamFebruary 06, 2023
By Keyi Tang There are over 5,000 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the world. About 75 percent of developing economies and almost all transition economies use... [ More ]
The Political Economy of Special Economic Zones: The Cases of Ethiopia and VietnamFebruary 06, 2023
There were over 5,000 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the world, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 2019. About... [ More ]
“Small is Beautiful”: A New Era in China’s Overseas Development Finance?January 19, 2023
After providing a staggering amount of finance for overseas development projects in the wake of the global financial crisis, Chinese overseas development finance has been... [ More ]
GDP Center Round-Up: Fall 2022 Global China Research ColloquiumDecember 21, 2022
By Christina Duran From post-pandemic industrialization to COVID-19 and southern African sovereign debt, researchers from around the world explored a variety of topics as part of... [ More ]
Webinar Summary – COVID-19 and Sovereign Debt: The Case of the Southern African Development CommunityDecember 20, 2022
By Christina Duran Closing out the Fall 2022 Global China Research Colloquium, the Boston University Global Development Policy (GDP) Center hosted a webinar discussion on the... [ More ]
Around the Halls: A Year in Review and Look Ahead to 2023December 19, 2022
As 2022 comes to a close and the world confronts the “polycrisis,” researchers from the Boston University Global Development Center highlight where progress has been... [ More ]
Chart of the Week: Energy Finance Commitments by Major Development Finance Institutions, 2016-2021December 14, 2022
By Christina Duran Last month, countries met in Egypt for the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) to discuss progress on achieving climate goals with... [ More ]