Development finance and development cooperation have been the object of profound changes for the past decades. New actors, new measurement tools, new emerging norms, new forms of development politics. In a nutshell, this panel features a critical discussion on what those new arrangements mean to inequities in international development cooperation.
For almost two decades now, the shifting landscapes of development finance and development cooperation have galvanised much of the attention of development researchers and practitioners. While some commentators do see in the current landscape signs of a ‘post’ (or beyond)-aid world, others emphasise complex convergence-divergence dynamics currently taking place between and within countries in terms of global development indicators and the resistance and accommodation dynamics shaping global development norms and practices.
New actors (from high-impact philanthropy and private donations to the ‘rise of the South’ and South-South Cooperation) and new geopolitics, new priorities and new discourses on development and development cooperation (from infrastructure and climate finance to the Leave No One Behind and mutual-gains principles), new measurement tools and new emerging norms.
How those global and local innovations and institutional/policy-changes affect inequities in international development cooperation? What challenges and opportunities do they bring? How can the study of those new arrangements inform current global debates around development and development cooperation inequalities?
This panel features a diverse collection of papers, each of them exploring a different aspect of the so-called shifting international development cooperation landscape. The papers discuss traditional and new actors and their new/renewed policy-ideas and instruments. The contributions shed light into theoretical and policy-relevant dimensions of this current scenario and raise important questions around their potential to tackle global development inequaliti