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We’ve heard a lot about aid from China, but what about aid from India? This event explored the evolution and contemporary influence of India’s soft power in development cooperation and its impact on the global dynamics of aid.
Professor Gulshan Sachdeva discussed India’s key role as a donor to Afghanistan, and Mr Prabodh Saxena spoke on India’s growing export credit program.
Professor Gulshan Sachdeva is with the School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is Chairperson of the Centre for European Studies and also Director of the Energy Studies programme at SIS. As a Regional Cooperation Adviser, he headed Asian Development Bank and The Asia Foundation projects at the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul (2006-2010).
Mr Prabodh Saxena is a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Lao PDR, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, Asian Development Bank. He formerly served as Joint Secretary in the Bilateral Cooperation Division of the Department of Economic Affairs in India’s Ministry of Finance. The position charged Mr Saxena with bilateral relations and dialogues with India’s major partners, including issues of economic diplomacy.
Ms Anthea Mulakala, Director for International Development Cooperation at The Asia Foundation, acted as chair.
This forum was part of the 2015 Australasian Aid Conference, February 12-13, 2015.