Call for papers on ‘China and International Development’

Published on 18 November 2020

The Institute of Development Studies is currently inviting papers for a forthcoming issue of the IDS Bulletin on the theme of ‘China and International Development: Knowledge, Governance and Practice’.

About the IDS Bulletin

The IDS Bulletin is an open access, peer-reviewed journal focusing on international development. In continual publication since 1968, it has a well-established reputation for intellectually rigorous articles developed through learning partnerships on emerging and evolving development challenges presented in an accessible manner in themed issues that bridge academic, practice and policy discourse.

It has become one of the leading journals in its field through engaged scholarship between academics, donors, non-governmental organisations and policy actors worldwide, bringing together cutting-edge thinking, research and debate from the Institute of Development Studies community and its partner organisations. The IDS Bulletin aims to contribute to critical thinking on how transformations that reduce inequalities, accelerate sustainability and build more inclusive and secure societies can be realised.

Sharing new knowledge on China’s role in development cooperation

Edited by Jing Gu, Xiaoyun Li and Chuanhong Zhang, this special issue of the IDS Bulletin will bring together cutting-edge knowledge on China’s transforming role in international development cooperation.

Current debates on international development cooperation are shifting from a focus on the provision of overseas development assistance (ODA) to a wider conversation about resourcing which encompasses trade, investment, and remittances from both public and private sectors. This trend is accelerating with  declining ODA in relative volume, rising contributions of South-South Cooperation providers, and the global economic recession triggered by both economic, political, and human crises. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the economic capacity of many development cooperation providers and made some developing countries – conflict-affected and aid-reliant countries in particular – more marginalised.

It is a critical time to understand these transformation processes, to contribute to debate, and maximise opportunities for inclusive and sustainable development.

China is the largest South-South provider and a new leader in the area of international development cooperation. There is much learning to share on the process and impacts of China’s engagement with other developing countries. Papers on this topic and the following questions are welcomed.

  • Is China’s international development cooperation approach similar to or different from that of traditional donors? What are the weakness and strengths of China’s approach to development cooperation?
  • What/how can China contribute to international development knowledge and global governance architecture?
  • What are the social, economic, and cultural logics of China’s engagement with other developing countries?
  • What are the roles of China’s NGOs in international development cooperation?
  • Where does China, as a growing power, investor, consumer, and donor, fit within specific regional and global development regimes? How does this affect China’s sense of itself as a rising power and agency of development? How does China engage with other multilateral and bilateral development agencies?
  • What new patterns of South-South collaboration can be identified today and what is the role of China in this? How does such collaboration relate to China’s new global role in Africa, Asia, and Latin America?

This IDS Bulletin special issue is being funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO, formerly DFID) as part of the UK Anchor Institution for the China International Development Research Network.

Submission guidelines

Papers should be based on original research and should not have been published elsewhere.

If you are interested in contributing to this issue, please submit a short abstract of your paper (approx. 250 words) and a short CV to Poppy Bardwell ([email protected]) by 25 January 2021.

Selected authors will be notified by 15 February 2021. Selected authors must submit their first full draft by 30 April 2021. The length of the draft should be between 5000 and 7000 words. All selected papers will undergo rigorous peer review. Papers must be finalised by 1 July 2021. This IDS Bulletin special issue will be published in winter 2021.

Key contacts

China International Development Research Network (CIDRN)





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