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Philippa Brant

Philippa Brant is a former Research Associate working to the Research Director. Her research interests include Chinese aid, development in the Asia-Pacific region, and China as a global actor. She wrote her Ph.D. at The University of Melbourne investigating China’s foreign aid program and its implications for the global development system, including a focus on the South Pacific region. As an inaugural Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award holder (2010-2011), Philippa worked in Beijing as a Visiting Scholar at the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC) and an intern in the Health and Nutrition Division at UNICEF China.

Philippa also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Asian Studies and International Relations and a Diploma of Modern Languages (Chinese) from The University of Melbourne.

Articles by Philippa Brant (29)

  • Aid & development links: SIDS2014, climate change, drones, violence against women and more

    What is the role of unmanned aerial vehicles in humanitarian assistance? Interesting new policy paper from United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. What is the state of the world's rivers? International Rivers have released a great interactive database. A leaked UN report on climate change says the effects will be 'severe, pervasive, and irreversible'.
  • The BRICS Bank and China's growing web of development financing

    The news today is that the establishment of a BRICS Bank has (finally) been confirmed. It is officially called the New Development Bank. Headquartered in Shanghai, the US$100 billion development bank will feature a 5-year rotating presidency, and provide financing for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS countries and in other emerging and developing economies. India will take first turn at the presidency. Importantly, each member has equal voting power.
  • China's aid white paper: What's changed?

    The Chinese Government is frequently criticised for not being transparent about its aid program. As I mentioned in my quick summary yesterday, there's not a lot of specific data in the Chinese aid white paper. But we can make a few comparisons — on geographical spread, type of aid, and income level of recipient country. China's aid system is complex, involving numerous government departments and actors.
  • China's Foreign Aid White Paper: Quick overview

    Today, the Chinese Government released its much-awaited second White Paper on Foreign Aid. It's been in the pipeline for a while, as I've noted a number of times, and follows the first white paper published in April 2011.  So what does it say? First, it is an overview of China's foreign assistance from 2010-2012, rather than a forward-looking strategy.
  • China's foreign aid: New facts and figures

    China's foreign aid program is now the sixth largest in the world. Only the UK, US, Germany, France and Japan provided more last year. This is according to a new paper from the JICA Research Institute estimating China's foreign aid program from 2001 to 2013. Their calculations put China's total official development assistance (ODA) at US$7.1 billion in 2013.
  • Aid & development links: Food waste, soil pollution, sexual violence in conflict and more

    Data on soil pollution is a 'state secret' in China and receives much less attention than the issues of air and water quality. But ChinaDialogue has an interesting three part series on the victims of China's soil pollution crisis. Excellent read-out of the sexual violence in conflict summit, co-hosted by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie.
  • Female political participation in the Pacific

    Last week I was in Tahiti (yes, I know) for PIPSA, the biannual Pacific Islands Political Science Association conference, to discuss China's role in the region and the influence Pacific island governments have in negotiating Chinese financing (more on that research in a forthcoming post). An important theme running through the conference was women and politics in the Pacific.