Emerging Economies and the Changing Dynamics of Development Cooperation

IDS Bulletin 49.3
Editor Gu, J. and Kitano, N.
Publisher IDS

Almost two decades have passed since ‘emerging donors’ – new providers of development cooperation – began to attract the attention of ‘traditional donors’. Comprehensive comparisons of the various features of different types of donors have thus been elaborated on as their economic and political roles have solidified. Subsequently, the focus has also expanded to cover the growing significance of cooperation between ‘new donors’ themselves, beyond high-profile groups such as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa).

This is the cover image of IDS Bulletin 49.3. Concrete pipes lie on the ground at a construction site on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Kathmandu, Nepal.

This issue of the IDS Bulletin is a collaboration between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). The studies are dedicated to highlighting the actual and potential contribution of a wider range of donors, and are intended to help compensate for imbalances in existing literature, contribute to scholarly understanding, and offer informative insights for practical policy deliberation. More fundamentally, this issue questions the explicit and implicit underlying assumptions in examining the issue of development cooperation: namely, the dichotomy of ‘traditional’ and ‘emerging’ donors.

The subjects covered in the various articles range from exploring the importance of knowledge in the development cooperation experience of emerging economies; the challenges involved in the policy formulation and implementation of triangular cooperation within a sometimes contradictory set of processes embedded in South–South cooperation; the dynamics of ‘two-way interaction’ between donors and recipients in chains of knowledge creation; and there is an important reassessment of the critical data upon which estimates of China’s foreign aid disbursements are made and understood in international comparison.

Table contents

Emerging Economics and the Changing Dynamics of Development Cooperation (full issue)
Jing Gu and Naohiro Kitano

Introduction: Beyond Aid – The Future of Development Cooperation
Jing Gu and Naohiro Kitano

Potential and Challenges for Emerging Development Partners: The Case of Indonesia
Akio Hosono

Chains of Knowledge Creation in the Evolution of New Donors
Yasutami Shimomura and Wang Ping

Estimating China’s Foreign Aid Using New Data
Naohiro Kitano

Emerging Economies, Disaster Risk Reduction, and South–South Cooperation:The Case of Mexico
Neil Renwick

India’s Role as a Facilitator of Constitutional Democracy
Hiroaki Shiga

Triangular Cooperation in East Asia: Challenges and Opportunities forJapanese Official Development Assistance
Jin Sato

The BRICS Effect: Impacts of South–South Cooperation in the Social Field of International Development Cooperation
Geovana Zoccal Gomes and Paulo Esteves

Perspectives on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation
Xiaoyun Li, Jing Gu, Samuel Leistner and Lídia Cabral


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