Self-interest and global responsibility: aid policies of South Korea and India in the making

Abstract:  How can we understand the emerging donors? The role of ‘emerging’ donors is currently at the heart of the international aid discourse, but so far, the knowledge of these actors in aid is inadequate. There is a need to explore what they are representing. This study investigates the aid policies of India and South Korea. Both countries represent a rather diverse group of countries that has been lumped together as ‘emerging’ donors. The better part of the existing studies on emerging donors is focusing on Chinese aid. Less attention is being devoted to other countries. Together with Japan, the increased aid ambitions of China, South Korea and India herald a growing Asian influence on the global aid architecture. What will be the effects? Will an Asian approach to development assistance emerge? The answers are yet to come, but a comparison of South Korea’s and India’s aid policies does provide some indications. Central to this is how tensions between self-interest and global responsibility are articulated, or glossed over, as some would argue, when Asian donors refer to the principle of “mutual benefit”.

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  • Publication year: 2009
  • Content type: Report
  • Form of cooperation: Comprehensive (lines of credit, grants and loans, and technical assistance)
  • Cooperation context: Multilateral
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  • Sector: Multisectoral
  • Institution (publication): Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI)
  • Author (and co-authors): Alf Morten Jerve and Hilde Selbervik 
  • Keywords: South-South cooperation; development assistance; emerging donors; India; South Korea; economic, political and security imperatives; public opinion and media coverage; the role of civil society; implications for traditional donors 
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