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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.

Past years' dialogues have focused on the changing aid landscape, rising inequality and pro-poor growth, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and social mobility. The 2011-2014 meetings were convened in various Asian cities, including Beijing, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Bangkok, Hoi An, and Seoul. To gain first-hand exposure to issues in a local context, dialogue participants from government, civil society, and academia visited with Songdo, Korea's smart, green city masterplan, a Chinese-supported highway construction project in Sri Lanka, and the Baan Khun Samut Chin area in Thailand to study coastal erosion.

The Foundation has also co-convened seminars, public events, and policy roundtables with Australia National University's Development Policy Centre, USAID, UNDP, L'Agence Française de Développement (AFD), and the Lowy Institute, to bring together Asian and Western development policy officials and experts to share strategies and seek opportunities for collaboration on global development challenges.

Read AADC meeting reports here.

The Future of South-South Cooperation in Asia: Partner Country Perspectives

AADC highlight

On May 27 and 28, 2015, development experts, policy specialists, and government officials from roughly a dozen countries convened in Cambodia for the twelfth meeting of the Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation (AADC) dialogue series. Organized jointly by the Korea Development Institute (KDI) and The Asia Foundation, AADC brings together experts on Asian development to address the evolving challenges facing the region and explore opportunities for cooperation among emerging and traditional development actors. Read about the meeting in our blog.

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