The half-day forum will examine the increase in Asian aid.

Understanding Asian aid: forum

28 November 2012

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The Development Policy Centre is a think tank for aid and development policy based at the Crawford School. The centre researches and promotes discussion of aid effectiveness, the Pacific and PNG, and development policy.

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Asia’s increasingly significant contribution to regional aid that has seen China’s development cooperation increase by nearly 30 per cent in a decade will be examined at the Crawford School tomorrow.

The half-day forum – Aid from Emerging Asia – will bring together experts from both Australia and the region to look at the changing nature of international development co-operation in Asia. Speakers include government representatives and policy experts from the China, Indonesia, India and Korea. The forum is presented by the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy and The Asia Foundation.

Director of the Development Policy Centre Professor Stephen Howes said the forum will aim to shed light on why, when OECD aid assistance is falling, many emerging Asian powers are rapidly expanding their development activities.

“Chinese development cooperation has grown by nearly 30 per cent over the last decade. India and Indonesia are also expanding their assistance programs, and Korea has become the newest member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee,” he said.

“This event will ask why there is this increase in activities. What are the Asian nations’ objectives and guiding principles? And what do they think of internationally-agreed aid objectives such as the Paris Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals?”

The forum will be divided into two sessions. The first will examine Asian approaches to development cooperation, while the second will look at Asian perspectives on global development challenges.

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