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Politics in the Developing World

Politics in the Developing World (5th edn)

Peter Burnell, Vicky Randall, and Lise Rakner
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date: 26 February 2024

p. 40530. India’s Development Partnerships in the Twenty-First Centurylocked

p. 40530. India’s Development Partnerships in the Twenty-First Centurylocked

  • Emma Mawdsley


This chapter examines the main trends and issues of South–South development cooperation, using India as a case study. Over the last few decades, India has been both a recipient of foreign aid and a provider of concessional loans, grants, technical assistance, peacekeeping forces, humanitarian assistance, debt relief, and so on. The chapter explores how and why India, a country that still has more absolutely poor people than the whole of sub-Saharan Africa, gives development assistance to countries in Asia, Africa, and beyond. It first considers the issue of the ‘(re-)emerging’ development actors before discussing India’s development cooperation. It then shows how India and other developing countries are becoming bigger players in the international foreign aid regime. It also analyses India’s South–South relations and suggests that the benefits of India’s development cooperation are shared unevenly, both domestically and abroad.

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