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Emerging Donors in International Development Assistance: The South Africa Case

South Africa has become an emerging donor that is increasingly involved in Africa as a development partner—largely via peacekeeping, post-conflict reconstruction, and research for development. South Africa’s apartheid-era development assistance programme, which sought to buy a measure of respect for the country, has been transformed by the advent of democratic rule into an instrument to advance the so-called African Renaissance. South Africa has tried to avoid following traditional North-South donor hierarchies by fostering cooperative engagement with its African partners. After an overview of South Africa’s development assistance programmes, the report looks at institutional mechanisms, components and disbursement patterns of South African development assistance, then sheds light on the South Africa’s aid specifically focused on research for development. Finally it examines international linkages in South Africa’s development assistance and research for development programmes.