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Contemporary Asian Perspectives on South-South Cooperation Published by Korea Development Institute

San Francisco, June 30, 2017 — Twenty-first century aid has diversified beyond last century’s narrow parameters. Asia has become both a generator of huge development resources and an incubator for new ideas and practices. Recognizing this potential, The Asia Foundation’s Director for International Development Cooperation, Anthea Mulakala, recently served as editor of a new book titled Contemporary Asian Perspectives on South-South Cooperation. This volume contributes new perspectives to the international dialogue on South-South Cooperation’s (SSC) historic path and the existing body of literature on the future of development cooperation.

The publication is based on the Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation (AADC) dialogue series held in 2015—which has been jointly hosted by the Korea Development Institute and The Asia Foundation since 2010. The AADC provides a forum for Asian officials, development experts, policy analysts, academics to discuss how South-South Cooperation is addressing the challenges and opportunities that face the region. Drawing upon their expertise and insights, the authors from 8 countries make specific policy recommendations on ways to better govern, manage, and measure SSC for increased impact and development effectiveness. They share their views on the evolving function of SSC, and how improvements can increase collaboration and convergence between SSC and traditional aid.

The authors in this volume present contemporary perspectives on Asian SSC that explore this evolving diversity. Most of the existing literature on emerging providers focuses on China and sometimes on India. Rarely do analysts provide insights into providers such as Indonesia or Mongolia, or from SSC partner countries, such as Nepal. The volume features new perspectives from these countries, for example: explaining Indonesia’s progress toward establishing a coherent cooperation program; Mongolia’s sharing of its democratization experience with partners on similar paths; and Nepal’s assessment and recommendations on future SSC by reflecting on Chinese and Indian assistance to Nepal in the wake of the 2015 April earthquake. It argues that the SSC brings new resources and approaches to tackling global development challenges. These tools could transform discourse and practice for all partners, Northern and Southern, and shape the future of aid and cooperation.

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