"Asia and Africa today"
- is a scientificl monthly journal (in Russian)
of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Included in Russian Science Citation Index on
WoS platform, and EBSCO Publishing.
ISSN 0321-5075
Published since July 1957.

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THE LEADER AND THE “THINK TANK” OF AFRICAN STUDIES IN RUSSIA FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS WITH AFRICA (to the 60th Anniversary of the Institute for African Studies)

DOI: 10.31857/S032150750007652-9

Irina O. ABRAMOVA, member, Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Corresponding member, RAS; Dr.Sc. (Economics), Professor; Director, Institute for African Studies, RAS; member, Editorial Board, “Aziya i Afrika segodnya” journal ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

    This year, the Institute of African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IAfr RAS) celebrates the 60th anniversary. IAfr RAS is the only scientific center in the field of comprehensive African studies in Russia in charge of scientific substantiation of Russia's strategy in the African direction. Created in 1959, during the collapse of the colonial system, at the time when dozens of newly independent states appeared on the political map of the world, it remains a unique center of social studies to this day, not only carrying out fundamental and applied research, but also coordinating the efforts of individual scientists and individual groups of Africanists in the Russian Federation. The Institute is also an integrating and consolidating center for the work of Africanists in Russia and a number of post-Soviet countries. The article scrutinizes the main lines of research and sets the priorities for the future development of African studies in Russia.

FOREIGN AID AS A FOREIGN POLICY TOOL: COMPETITION OF PROJECTS IN AID ALLOCATION TO KENYA BETWEEN JAPAN AND CHINA

DOI: 10.31857/S032150750007660-8

Claire A. AMUHAYA (Kenya), Post-graduate student, Department of Theory and History of International relations; Lecturer Assistant, People’s Friendship University of Russia ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

    The concept of recipient foreign aid countries that seems so deceptively simple is undergoing tremendous evolution as the international development cooperation scene is also evolving. This change is exemplified by the inclusion of some global South countries as some of the new emerging donors. As the new emerging donors abandon some of the classical foreign aid approaches and instead include approaches like aid with low conditionality and respect of sovereignty in their model, they are successfully challenging the traditional donors in development cooperation with developing countries.