Q&A: The 'intellectual father' of BRI on China's global development approach

Justin Yifu Lin, author and honorary dean at the National School of Development at Peking University. Photo by: Jake Naughton / IPFRI / CC BY-NC-ND

WASHINGTON — Perhaps the most important structural change in the global development sector is China’s rise as a donor. It’s also among the most poorly understood.

Much of that lack of clarity can be chalked up to the opaque nature of Chinese policy-making and government. Another reason is that Chinese aid has little interaction with aid from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. There’s little co-financing, co-creating, or even co-convening around development issues.

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    Raj Kumar

    Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.