Watch the recent webinar on China and international development: Knowledge, governance and practice

China’s rapidly changing role in international development is the subject of intense debate, with profound impact on economies, societies and the environment globally.

Against this backdrop, a new issue of the IDS Bulletin titled ‘China and International Development: Knowledge, Governance, and Practice’ brings together analysis of the lead institutions and policies guiding China’s development activities. It aims to provide a better understanding of China’s contributions to international development and the implications for global development cooperation.

On 9 December 2021, editors and contributors came together to discuss the themes of this IDS Bulletin special issue. Watch in full below.


Jing Gu, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development at IDS and leader of the IDS China Centre.


Xiaoyun Li, Chair of China International Development Research Network and Professor at China Agricultural University (CAU).
Introduction from issue editor.

Chuanhong Zhang, Associate Professor at the Department of Development Management, College of Humanities and Development Studies, and Director of the Center for International Development Aid Studies at the College of International Development and Global Agriculture (CIDGA).
Speaking on: Ownership and effectiveness of China’s aid projects in Africa.

Jiantuo Yu, Deputy Secretary-General, China Development Research Foundation (CDRF).
Speaking on: Mutual Learning in Development Cooperation: China and the West.

Jiajun Xu, Assistant Professor and Executive Deputy Dean of the Institute of New Structural Economics, Peking University, and Invited Researcher at the Public Policy Research Center of the Counsellors’ Office of the State Council of China.
Speaking on: Exploring the Potential Impact of China on Development Thinking and Policies.

Anthea Mulakala, Senior Director for International Development Cooperation, The Asia Foundation and Robin Bush, Singapore Management University (SMU).
Speaking on: China’s NGO Partnerships in a New Era of Development Cooperation.

Lídia Cabral, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS).
Speaking on: Selective Learning: China, the CGIAR and Global Agricultural Science in Flux.

Huib Huyse, Head of the Sustainable Development Research Group, Research Institute for Labour and Society (HIVA-KU Leuven).
Speaking on: Chinese Foundations and the Challenge of ‘Going International’.

Zhang Xiaomin, Professor, School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Speaking on: Triangular Co-operation: Different Approaches, Same Modality.

Karin Costa Vazquez, Scholar, Fudan University; Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, O.P. Jindal Global University; and Senior Consultant to the United Nations and Yu Zheng, Professor, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University.
Speaking on: The New Asian Development Finance.

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