China starts to play nice with foreign aid partners
New research from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in China indicates Beijing is beginning to become more open in international aid development programs. If so, this would mark a significant change from the past where the Chinese government has often been criticized for its lack of transparency in how it disperses overseas development assistance. The UNDP's findings were published this month in a report on "Demand-Driven Data: How Partner Countries are Gathering Chinese Development Cooperation Information." Beijing's apparent willingness to be more open about its expanding aid agenda comes as other major donors are also increasing their development assistance, particularly in Africa, following a sharp downturn in response to the 2008 financial crisis. The UNDP's Head of Policy and Partnerships in Beijing, Hannah Ryder, joins Eric a Cobus to discuss her team's new report and the politics of Chinese foreign aid.