A Comparative Analysis: Chinese and Indian Exim Bank Finance in Ethiopia

Image: Flickr, Wu Zhiyi
Image: Flickr, Wu Zhiyi

Over the last decade, development assistance has increasingly acknowledged the need to ‘do development differently’ (e.g., Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation — PDIA) and ‘think and work politically,’ rather than proposing one—size-fits—all solutions to solve complex development problems.

A key implication of this recent trend in development thinking is to highlight the centrality of politics in shaping development outcomes and the urgent need to reconfigure development policies to improve outcomes within existing political contexts. Politically-informed policy analysis has begun to inform Western donor programming in recent years, with varied outcomes. For emerging donors, there is a less formal embrace of such approaches. This is primarily because India, China, and the like rarely propose one—size-fits—all solutions and (officially at least) provide support depending on recipient demands.

1 Jan 2021