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Development and Aid Effectiveness

The contemporary aid ecosystem is complex, and emerging donors, civil society, and the private sector are fostering new thinking on development effectiveness. Within this arena, The Asia Foundation is increasingly recognized for advancing knowledge around some of the most important and challenging aspects of development. A respected resource for locally-driven, context-specific, and flexible approaches to project implementation, the Foundation brings together traditional and emerging Asian donors to share their perspectives and ideas about the changing dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region and international development cooperation. Read Program Overview.

Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation

The Asia Foundation implements several complementary programs under the theme of "Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation" (AADC), including a dialogue series. Organized jointly by the Korea Development Institute (KDI) and The Asia Foundation, the ongoing AADC dialogue series brings together development experts and government officials from the Asia region and beyond to share ideas and perspectives among both "emerging" and "traditional" development actors on their approaches to international development cooperation and global development challenges.

After a planning meeting in December 2010, KDI and the Foundation convened three AADC dialogue workshops in 2011, including Kuala Lumpur (March), Colombo (June), and Seoul (September). The 2011 dialogues culminated at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) in November in Busan, Korea, the world's largest and most important gathering for discussing issues of international development and foreign aid.

In 2012, AADC dialogues focused on the theme of development cooperation and pro-poor, inclusive growth. New Delhi (March) and Beijing (June) hosted the fifth and sixth meetings in the dialogue series, respectively. These were followed by an authors' workshop and public conference in Seoul in November. The 2013 dialogue series will examine climate change and low-carbon development, highlighting Asian expertise, strategies, and development cooperation approaches and providing an opportunity for South-South knowledge exchange.

Building on the successes of the AADC dialogue series and the growing interest in Asian perspectives on development and aid effectiveness, the Foundation partnered with the Australian National University (ANU), Australian Aid, and the Lowy Institute for International Policy to convene high-level events in Canberra and Sydney in November 2012.

The Rise of Asian Emerging Providers: New Approaches to Development Cooperation in Asia?

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In October of 2013, The Asia Foundation and Agence Francaise de Developpement jointly hosted a seminar that brought together Asian and European policy experts and practitioners to explore how Asian strategies are reshaping the aid landscape. Read conclusions from this seminar here.

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