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Emerging donors in international development assistance: the India Case

Over the past decade, India has quietly become a significant provider of development assistance. In fact, according to this report, the current trends suggest that the country could soon become a net exporter of development assistance. This transformation is driven by India’s perception of itself as a rising power, its competition with China for political influence and energy resources in developing countries, and the rapid growth of its domestic non-profit and private-consultancy sectors. This report explores the historical development of India’s transformation from recipient to donor of international development assistance. It examines the structure, flows and priority areas of Indian development assistance and looks at the emphasis placed on training, education and research for development. It further examines India’s approach to international collaboration and explores the emerging trends and future of India’s development assistance programmes.