India as an Emerging Donor
Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 44, No. 12, March 21-March 27, 2009
4 Pages Posted: 27 May 2009
India has traditionally been perceived, both domestically and globally, as an important aid receiver. But it has also had a foreign aid programme of its own which can be traced to the 1950s and 1960s. India’s aid programme was small, focused on building local capacities and viewed as benign. In the past few years, there have been marked shifts in the size, focus and strategic thinking behind India’s foreign aid programme. As an emerging donor on the world stage, India needs to align its aid strategy not with its ambitions but with a realistic assessment of its strengths and historical roots. Otherwise, it will open itself up to the same criticisms which are often directed at the other major donors.
Keywords: india, foreign aid, economic development, politics
JEL Classification: H50, H56, H61, H77, N45, O19
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