The emerging powers and the changing landscape of foreign aid and development cooperation public perceptions of development cooperation. Summary paper 2: India

This brief summarises the findings for India in the project on ‘non-DAC states and the role of public perspectives in shaping the future of development cooperation’. In examining the public awareness of official development activity and policy, this study finds that India’s ‘national good’ is likely to be seen as a high priority – an attitude that has long roots. The language of mutual benefit resonates with a proud tradition of the Non-Aligned Movement and ‘third worldist’ solidarity (even though practices and priorities have shifted substantially). This gives India’s development cooperation an ethical ballast and purchase on the public imagination that goes beyond materialist understandings of ‘win-win’ alone. It fits with a prevailing national pride about ‘rising India’.

Post description

  • Publication year: 2011
  • Content type: Policy Brief
  • Form of cooperation: Comprehensive (Lines of credit, grants and loans, and technical assistance).
  • Cooperation context: Multilateral
  • Sector: Multisectoral
  • Institution (publication): University of Cambridge
  • Author (and co-authors): Emma Mawdsley
  • Keywords: South-South cooperation; summary of India’s development cooperation; public understandings and perceptions of India’s development cooperation; other Southern donors (e.g. China); rising India
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