An interesting view on Indian aid

Excerpts from a comment in response to a CGD blog on Indian aid:

“The major features of India’s development co-operation are the affirmation of mutual interest, rather than altruism or global citizenship, as the cornerstone for co-operation, and the rejection of conditionality as a modality for transacting development co-operation. The Indian approach treats recipients of its assistance as development partners and links development co-operation with the demonstration of solidarity at a political level. Development partners in turn share a common history of mutual co-operation grounded in political solidarity typically dating back to the Cold War period… 

Given this, bean-counting financial resources that enter development co-operation is, logically, not a high priority for the emerging development actors. Equally for this reason, in my view, OECD-DAC is not “fit for purpose”to encompass the motivations underlying Brazilian Indian and Chinese development co-operation initiatives…


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