The Changing Landscape of Development Cooperation (20.06.–21.06.2022)

The landscape of development co-​operation has shifted dramatically in the past two decades, with many more players and very different dynamics between providers and recipients. The goal of this course is to consider what this means for development professionals. Providers of development cooperation now include not just donor agencies from wealthy nations, but also emerging actors like the governments of China and India and the Gulf States, new multilateral banks and private foundations like the Gates Foundation. At the same time, the perceived dominance of “western” models for development is deeply questioned as a result of past failures, crises in wealthy countries and alternative growth models. The era of donors imposing their projects and policies on passive aid recipients is gone, and development professionals need to recognize and work within that new reality to be successful.
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