Indian Development Cooperation: The State of the Debate

Abstract: India’s recent development cooperation (henceforth DC) activities with the South have provoked global curiosity. Two factors shape this interest. First, the strong growth of some countries like India, China and Brazil has occurred precisely while much of the West is in recession; and Western contributions to international development have consequently slowed down. Second, in this new economic climate, the rising powers are playing an increasingly important role in shaping norms, governance and institutions. 

In this changing landscape, India is becoming an important player (Roychowdhury 2013). India’s increased volume of DC (particularly to African countries), its clearer articulation of a rejection of ‘traditional’ aid principles, and its growing role as a representative of emerging economies that aim to act as a bridge between the North and South have led to it becoming a key figure in shaping the future of international DC (Grover 2010). How is this new role being perceived domestically? This question is the focus of this paper.

Post Description

  • Publication year: 2014
  • Publication Type: Report
  • Form of Cooperation: Comprehensive (Lines of credit, grants and loans, and technical assistance).
  • Cooperation Context: Multilateral
  • Sector: Multi-sectoral
  • The Institution (Publication): Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex (Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) research programme)
  • Author (and co-authors): Sachin Chaturvedi, Anuradha M. Chenoy, Deepta Chopra, Anuradha Joshi and Khush Hal S. Lagdhyan
  • Keywords: South-South cooperation; Background and evolution of India’s development cooperation architecture; Institutional framework; components of India’s development cooperation; business and private sector; civil society perspectives; policy priority; Brief note on Indian aid (1999-00 to 2012-13), and operative LOCs (2013) to Africa data 
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