[KS] North Korean aid to Africa

Afostercarter at aol.com Afostercarter at aol.com
Mon Jul 12 08:45:14 EDT 2004


Has anyone done any work on North Korean aid
to Africa, or know anyone who has?

In the 1970s and 1980s the DPRK had embassies
all over the continent. Aid projects in a range of 
countries - Guinea, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and many more -
ranged from the practical and useful (agriculture, construction)
to the more dubious (military training, organizing mass games,
building statues). It must have cost Pyongyang a fortune. Most of 
the embassies have shut, but a little of this may still continue.

We think now of North Korea as an aid recipient.
It used to be a donor also. This chapter in the heyday of
tricontinental solidarity is now history, but should not go
unrecorded. It would make a fascinating PhD topic,
either in general or for particular countries.
One model could be Philip Snow's The Star Raft,
which looks at China's encounter with Africa.


AIDAN FOSTER-CARTER
Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology & Modern Korea, Leeds University 

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