The Asia Foundation Expert Featured in Development Cooperation Handbook

Program Year: 2020

By Anthea Mulakala

Asia’s rise is having a profound impact on the policies and practices of development and South-South cooperation (SSC). Anthea Mulakala’s chapter on “The Asian Century”: The Transformational Potential of Asian-Led Development Cooperation, is featured in The Palgrave Handbook of Development Cooperation for Achieving the 2030 Agenda. This chapter describes the contours of these trends in relation to the sustainable development agenda. China and India are dominant players with their large-scale connectivity schemes, increasing multilateralism, and diversified partnerships. Mulakala discusses the controversy, contestation, and opportunities these approaches generate. Finally, the chapter offers a set of recommendations for improving the effectiveness of Asian SSC to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Palgrave Handbook of Development Cooperation for Achieving the 2030 Agenda is an open access handbook analyses the role of development cooperation in achieving the 2030 Agenda in a global context of ‘contested cooperation. Development actors, including governments providing aid or South-South Cooperation, developing countries, and nongovernmental actors (civil society, philanthropy, and businesses) constantly challenge underlying narratives and norms of development. The book explores how reconciling these differences fosters the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.