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Monday, 12 December 2016

Shifting paradigms of aid


On 12 December, SAIIA and the Centre on International Cooperation (CIC) organised a one-day workshop at the Baha’i International Community’s United Nations Office in New York. The workshop looked at the role of emerging actors in conflict-affected countries.

The event focused on how new and emerging actors – countries that have transitioned from being aid recipients to aid providers – are becoming increasingly visible in the global development scene, including in conflict-affected countries. The day began with a look at evolving dynamics regarding conflict and fragility in Africa and new trends in development and peacebuilding responses. Later sessions focused on the convergences and differences between traditional and non-traditional approaches in conflict-affected countries, using evidence from case studies on Turkey in Somalia and South Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The political and economic dimensions of south-south cooperation (SSC) in conflict-affected situations and efforts aimed at measuring the effectiveness of SSC were also analysed.

CIC Director Sarah Cliffe gave opening remarks at the workshop, where she focused on the dynamics and trends regarding conflict and fragility, and the evolution of response efforts. Mehdi Mirafzal, Senior Advisor at the United Nations Office for South South Cooperation also made an opening statement. CIC's Jason Stearns and SAIIA's Aditi Lalbahadur made presentations on the political and economic dimensions of aid, looking at the unique opportunities and challenges faced by Southern providers. CIC's Gizem Sucuoglu and SAIIA's Neissan Besharati spoke on recent efforts aimed at measuring the effectiveness of South-South cooperation, elaborating on their strengths and shortcomings.

The workshop was organised as part of the Canadian International Development Research Centre's research project ‘Emerging Powers for Effective Governance in Fragile States’, implemented by CIC and SAIIA.

Event details:

Date: 12 December
Venue: Baha’i International Community offices, 866 United Nations Plaza, New York

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