Policy or no policy: what lies ahead for India’s development cooperation

Abstract: India has emerged out as an important actor regionally and among the partners of the South. Unlike the OECD/DAC nations which clearly state its development policy, India is yet to officially formalise its principles and declare them in the form of a vision paper or white paper. Development initiatives undertaken by the developed countries are well documented and receive significant interest from its public and the media. However, in India, the scale and distribution of development cooperation can be extracted from a few sources and the budget reports from relevant ministries. This leads to the problem of accountability as it becomes almost impossible to trace the allocation of resources, the effectiveness of development initiatives that are undertaken by India. Formulating a flexible development cooperation policy can be useful in three ways for India. One, in guiding the nascent Development Partnership Administration (DPA) under the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to expand its role for effective development initiatives. Two, position itself strategically relevant in the region with the rise of China and three, to potentially take on the leadership role within the South-South Cooperation framework.

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  • Publication year: 2017
  • Content type: Brief
  • Form of cooperation: Comprehensive (Lines of credit, grants and loans, and technical assistance).
  • Cooperation context: Multilateral
  • Sector: Multisectoral
  • Institution (publication): Center for African, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University
  • Author (and co-authors): Himabindu Karibhuktha
  • Keywords: South-South cooperation; contemporary view and new Bandung consensus; Indian Ocean; food security and South-South cooperation; BRICs and Africa; regional trading agreements in Africa; healthcare of Africans in India; India’s economic engagement with Sudan; South Africa and India as regional leaders in global south; civil society in Africa; India, Africa and the IOR-ARC
  • Link: http://dspace.jgu.edu.in:8080/jspui/handle/10739/1007