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China’s Contribution to Development Cooperation: Ideas, Opportunities and Finances

27 Jan 2015

The Foundation for International Development Study and Research (Ferdi); Authors: Justin Yifu Lin and Yan Wang

Conventional economic theories seem to be inadequate in explaining the diverse and multipolar world we live in. Having lost confidence in the Washington consensus, developing countries are increasingly looking East for development experiences and ideas: what worked, why and how. This paper examines China’s role in development cooperation from the angle of structural transformation as a major driver of growth and job creation. Being a bit ahead in the structural transformation process, China can contribute ideas, tacit knowledge, implementation capacity, opportunities as well as finances. Based on a joint learning model, developing countries choose partners based on their respective comparative advantages, instruments of interaction and degree of complementarity.

Realising the Potential of Civil Society-led South-South Development Cooperation

23 Jan 2015

Institute of Development Studies (IDS); Author: Tshidi Moilwa

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from the BRICS countries and Mexico are leading a huge range of South-South Development Cooperation (SSDC) initiatives. These organisations have a significant role to play in the post-2015 development cooperation landscape as envisaged by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) and other global policy initiatives. However, in order to realise this potential, more systematic documentation of the evidence on the positive impacts of their SSDC efforts is required as well as greater recognition by traditional donors, rising power country governments and fora such as the GPEDC of the important role that these organisations can play in shaping a more global approach to international development policy and practice.

Multipolarity and the Future of Regionalism: Latin America and Beyond

12 Jan 2015

German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA); Author: Jorge F. Garzón

This paper inquires into the effects of an emerging multipolar world on the international institution of regionalism. While IR scholarship has been making a strong case for the regionalization of world politics since the 1990s, the fact that most of the rising powers are also the sole regional powers of their home regions has led some scholars to argue that the advent of multipolarity can only strengthen this general trend toward a more regionalized international order. In this contribution, the author challenges these arguments by proposing an alternative way of thinking about how multipolarity is developing. 

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