Briefing Papers and Resource Guide 

Rising Africa: Finding a Path to a Sustainable, Egalitarian Future

Briefing Paper Resources

The 2018 International Student Summit topic briefing paper is an introductory overview focusing on development in Africa. The paper includes information on the African Union, Agenda 2063, and topics on foreign investment as well as a set of questions to consider and a helpful glossary of terms.

The Committee Briefing Papers (linked below) are individual briefings on each of the seven Specialized Technical Committees (STC). Students should read their assigned committee briefing paper and use the questions and resources at the end of the papers to help guide their research.

Committee Briefing Papers

Resource Guide

Political Map of Africa

Clickable Map of Africa, showing the countries, capitals and some major cities.

 

What is the African Union? – Caspian Report

A short video on the history of the African Union and contemporary challenges (9:42).

 

The Africa Investment Report 2017 – The Financial Times/Analyze Africa

A visual report that describes regional trends of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Africa. Provides several breakdowns of where the money is coming from, who it is going to, and what sectors it most directly affects.

 

Interactive Aid Summary ChartOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Choose a country and receive a breakdown of how much official development aid (ODA) they have received, who it comes from, and exactly what sectors it goes to.

 

World News Guide: AfricaThe Guardian

Country-by-country breakdown of news sources in Africa by the Guardian.

“As a System, Foreign Aid is a Fraud and Does Nothing for Equality” The Guardian

September 2018 op-ed on international development aid.

 

The Problem with Foreign Aid PolyMatter

A short media clip analyzing the problems associated with foreign aid assistance (6:21).

 

“Corruption is Wasting Chinese Money in Africa” Foreign Policy

A short media clip analyzing the problems associated with foreign aid assistance (6:21).

 

“China’s Aid to Africa: Monster or Messiah?”Brookings Institute

February 2014 op-ed that discusses China’s economic presence in Africa.

 

“How China’s $60 Billion for Africa will Drive Global Prosperity”Forbes

Op-ed examining the changing nature of Chinese investment in Africa.

Northern Africa Region

Morocco CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“Morocco: China’s Gateway to Africa?”

March 2017, The Diplomat

 

"Morocco’s Trade Deficit Grows as Foreign Investment Plunges”

July 2018, Morocco World News

 

“The Impact of Foreign Aid on Economic Growth in Morocco”

March 2017, International Journal of Economics and Finance

Tunisia CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“How Foreign Aid could hurt Tunisia’s transition to democracy’

December 2016, the Washington Post

 

“Tunisia aims for foreign investment jump with new law”

November 2015, Reuters

 

“Tunisia’s political gains have yet to bring prosperity”

May 2018, Financial Times

Southern Africa Region

Zambia CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“Leveraging Chinese FDI for Diversified Growth in Zambia”

April 2016, Princeton University

 

“Why foreign direct investment is not benefiting ordinary Zambians”

September 2018, Lusaka Times

 

“Zambia slumps towards another debt crisis”

September 2018, The Economist

East Africa Region

Ethiopia CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“Development without Freedom: How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia”

2010 report by Human Rights Watch detailing the misuse of foreign aid by the Ethiopian government

 

“A Case Study of Aid Effectiveness in Ethiopia: Analysis of the Health Sector Aid Architecture”

April 2009, Brookings Institute

 

“Ethiopia’s Astounding Achievement in Attracting FDI”

May 2018, All Africa

 

“Chinese FDI in Ethiopia: A World Bank Survey”

November 2012, World Bank

 

“Ethiopia is Africa’s fastest-growing economy”

May 2018, World Economic Forum

Sudan CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“Sudan: China’s Original Foothold in Africa”

June 2017, The Diplomat

 

“How sanctions-stricken Sudan sold its economy to China”

October 2017, Middle East Eye

 

“Sudan to sign oil deals with Chinese Companies”

August 2018, Oil Price

Tanzania CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“Ethiopia is Africa’s fastest-growing economy”

May 2018, World Economic Forum – Tanzania one of the fastest growing economies in Africa

 

“Unintended Consequences: Foreign Aid in Tanzania”

February 2013, United Nations University

 

“Impact of Foreign Aid on Tanzania Economic Growth: Time Series Approach”

January 2016, Academy of Social Science Journal

 

“Why FDI Inflows to Tanzania Dipped by 15%”

November 2017, All Africa

West Africa Region

Cote d’Ivoire CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“Cote d’Ivoire Country Profile”

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

 

“Cote d’Ivoire: Perfectly Positioned”

July 2018, Global Finance

 

“China, Cote d’Ivoire agree to promote bilateral ties to higher level”

August 2018, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China

Ghana CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“Ghana Seeks $10bn FDI in 2018”

March 2018, Daily Guide

 

“The Effect of Foreign Aid on Economic Growth in Ghana”

2016, African Journal of Economic Review

 

“Ghana on Hook for China Deal if Bauxite Pay is Insufficient”

September 2018, Bloomberg

 

“’In 10 years’ time, Ghana may not require any aid at all’”

January 2012, the Guardian

Nigeria CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“Foreign Aid is doing Nigeria more harm than good”

August 2018, Vanguard

 

“FDI and Economic Growth: Evidence from Nigeria”

April 2007, African Economic Research Consortium

 

“Why Nigeria no longer attracts foreign direct investment”

December 2016, Financial Nigeria

 

“Nigeria secures $2.4 billion currency deal with China”

May 2018, CNN

Central Africa Region

Burundi CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“Investment Policy Review: Burundi”

Conclusions and recommendations from a 2010 report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

 

“Burundi Faces Foreign Exchange Shortage as Aid Dries Up, Crisis Grinds On”

July 2016, Reuters

 

“Burundi Signs Deal with Russian bank on Foreign Investment”

June 2016, Reuters

 

“Burundi: Helping the Burundian People Cope with the Economic Crisis”

August 2018, All Africa

 

“Burundi Situation”

September 2018, UN High Commissioner for Refugees -  Discusses the Burundian refugee crisis

Cameroon CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“Impact of Chinese Investment in Cameroon”

February 2017, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

 

“Cameroon: Remarkable Chinese Presence in Cameroon”

March 2018, All Africa

 

“How China is restructuring Cameroon’s burgeoning digital economy sector”

July 2018, Journal du Cameroun

 

“Human Development Indices and Indicators: 2018 Statistical Update”

2018, UN

CAR CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“The aid world has failed the people of the Central African Republic”

December 2013, the Guardian

 

“Central African Republic Economic Outlook”

2018, African Development Bank Group

 

“Splintered Warfare”

2017, The Enough Project: This details and maps the various warring factions active in the CAR and explains the dynamics between them

 

“Central African Republic Food Security Report”

October 2018, UN: This report summarizes and hits the key points of the agricultural situation and food security in the CAR

DR Congo CIA World Factbook

General information on government, economy, etc.

 

“Democratic Republic of the Congo: Rich Nation, Risk Nation”

May 2018, Global Finance

 

“Xi meets DR Congo’s prime minister”

Sep 2018, Global Times

 

“Chinese trade and investment and the forests of the Congo Basin: Synthesis of scoping studies in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon”

January 2012, Research Report

 

“Congo Investment Climate Statement”

2018, Department of State: An American perspective on the prospect of investing in the Congo.