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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)

  • China in Africa: New pledges and a new relationship?

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has wrapped up his eight day visit to Africa, his first visit as premier and his first foreign visit this year. Commentators (and African leaders) expect to see big announcements whenever a Chinese leader is in town. So what has this trip revealed?
  • Foreign aid hits record high

    In what will come as a surprise to many, the OECD's 2013 aid figures reveal that foreign aid (ODA) from governments is actually increasing. This is despite ongoing budgetary constraints in many countries. After two years of decline, foreign aid rose 6.1% in real terms in 2013 to reach its highest level ever.
  • Two recent reports on poverty

    First, the Chronic Poverty Report 2014-15, produced by the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network and published by ODI. The report focuses on the policies needed to get to zero extreme poverty. It argues that this is a tripartite challenge: to get close to zero, 'countries need to tackle chronic poverty, stop impoverishment and ensure that those who manage to escape from poverty sustain their escapes'. One of its most interesting findings:
  • Adam Minter on the Junkyard Planet (part 4)

    Here's part 1 of my interview with author Adam Minter (on the globalisation of the scrap and recycling industry), part 2 on China's role in this industry, and part 3 on India. In this last instalment, I ask Adam about junk and environmentalism: PB: To finish, let's turn to the future. What do you think will be the biggest changes in the industry over the next decade? And how important and influential are environmental movements (the 'environmentally-minded consumer')?
  • Adam Minter on the Junkyard Planet (part 3)

    Here's part 1 of my interview with author Adam Minter (on the globalisation of the scrap and recycling industry) and part 2 on China's role in this industry. In part 3 we look at India: PB: Your reference to India reminds me of one of the sections in your book that I found most interesting (and have recounted to numerous friends), and that’s the role that the cost of shipping plays in all this. What is India's place in the recycling industry?
  • Adam Minter on the Junkyard Planet (part 2)

    In part 1 of my interview with Junkyard Planet author Adam Minter, he talked about the removal of one 'pin' in the global recycling economy during the global financial crisis, which brought the entire industry to a temporary halt. Here's my second question to Adam. PB: China itself is one of the key pins in the recycling industry and thus features a lot in your book. Its insatiable desire for raw materials to feed its growing economy is part of the reason for this.
  • Chinese development financing to Africa: An update

    Last year, AidData and the Center for Global Development launched a massive online database of China's development financing in Africa. At the time, many concerns were raised about its methodology and the headline figure reported extensively in the media. As I explained at the time, 'understanding and calculating Chinese foreign aid is a challenging task.
  • China's humanitarian assistance: Signs of improvement?

    China's humanitarian aid has recently been subject to much criticism – both international and domestically. But the signs are positive for some reforms. Last week I was in Beijing for a workshop on humanitarian aid (or 'foreign disaster assistance', as the Chinese prefer to call it) hosted by the Asia Foundation and CAITEC, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce's influential think tank. The purpose was to discuss how different donors deliver humanitarian aid.