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Yunnan Chen

Senior Research Officer

  • Development and Public Finance
Portrait of Yunnan Chen

Yunnan Chen is a Senior Research Officer in the Development and Public Finance programme. Her research interests centre around development finance institutions and infrastructure finance in the Africa region, and she is a specialist on China’s overseas development finance. She has a background in political economy and development studies, and she is a PhD Candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she conducted extensive field research with the SAIS China Africa Research Initiative.

  1. Old wine in new bottles? China, the G7 and the new infrastructure geopolitics

  2. Supporting the underdogs: African public development banks and the Finance in Common movement

  3. Reflections on the Chinese Communist Party's 20th National Congress

  4. Weathering the storm: African public development banks’ response to Covid-19 and their recovery role

    Working papers

  5. Cooperation with European characteristics? Lessons from China for the EU–Africa summit

  6. China and global development: 20 things to read in December

  7. Changing tides for China-Africa cooperation: our key takeaways from the 8th FOCAC

  8. The evolution of China’s lending practices on the Belt and Road


  9. China’s lending landscape and approach to debt relief


  10. China in the multilateral development banks: evolving strategies of a new power

    Research reports

  11. Pulse 3 – recover, reform,  restructure: China’s outward investment appetite and implications for developing countries

    Research reports

  12. Financial performance and corporate governance: evidence from national development banks in Africa

    Research reports

  13. Economic Pulse 2: China navigates its Covid-19 recovery – outward investment appetite and implications for developing countries

    Research reports

  14. How China's new white paper defines a decade of development cooperation

  15. External finance for rural development: a synthesis of country perspectives

    Research reports

  16. Four lessons from Zambia’s emerging debt default

  17. Broadening the Belt and Road: China’s new fund for multilateral cooperation

  18. Countries facing Covid-19 debt need flexible financing: lessons from China