Estimating Chinese Bilateral Aid for Health: An Analysis of AidData’s Global Chinese Official Finance Dataset
30 Pages Posted: 11 May 2021 Last revised: 13 May 2021
Date Written: April 30, 2021
China’s annual global health aid has increased substantially since the 2000s. Unlike many donors, China has no oﬃcial aid reporting obligations, nor does it voluntarily disclose detailed aid information. Because of this, several third parties have attempted to estimate China’s health aid footprint. Unfortunately, current estimates use varied deﬁnitions of health aid, geographic regions, and time spans. These distinct and diﬀering methodological approaches make it diﬃcult to compare Chinese aid to aid from other donors. Our study builds on previous tracking eﬀorts and takes them further by creating a standardized estimate using commonly accepted deﬁnitions of aid and frameworks for categorizing health projects.
These ﬁndings enable a better understanding of Chinese health aid in the absence of transparent aid reporting. We believe such an understanding could lead to better coordination, collaboration, and resource allocation for both donors and recipient countries.
Keywords: Aid for health, bilateral aid, China, emerging donors, health aid, development assistance for health, foreign aid for health
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