Half a century after its inception, development cooperation is today integral to finding solutions for global, regional and national problems. As such, it influences diplomatic agendas in many areas including security, the environment, trade, health, and migration.
This course explores development cooperation as an important dimension of international relations, particularly relations between developing and developed countries. Diplomatic training courses rarely include an introduction to and training in international development cooperation, including humanitarian aid, thus hampering diplomats’ ability to successfully negotiate development-related issues. The course looks at various types of development cooperation at national, regional and global levels. Development issues are examined from the perspectives of both provider and partner countries. Theory and analysis are supported with examples and illustrations from the professional experience of the course authors.
By the end of this course, participants should be able to:
- Describe major issues and dilemmas in international development cooperation today.
- Present and explain issues related to development cooperation, from the perspectives of both donor (provider) and recipient (partner) countries.
- Assess development needs and cooperation opportunities.
- Advise on the preparation of an 'aid request' to be submitted to a provider.
- Appraise cooperation proposals submitted by partner governments or local organisations.
- Select the most appropriate type of provider for different activities - bilateral, multilateral or private sources.
- Support the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of development projects, and recommend changes as needed.
- Argue for and defend the role and potential of development cooperation in today's international relations, and be better able to foster the win-win aspects for both developed and developing countries.
Excerpt from course materials
The objectives of traditional diplomatic tasks and those of international development cooperation activities may sometimes be incompatible; this situation can make it difficult for a donor representative to fulfil both responsibilities. On the one hand, a diplomat’s most important task is to defend the interests of his or her home country concerning political issues, economic aspects, security, migration and other such matters; on the other hand, he/she must consider development goals such as poverty alleviation, food security, the promotion of nascent industries, debt forgiveness, and protection of the environment. Conflicts are foreseeable...
- Introduction: rationale for the course; goals and structure; definitions and basic concepts (such as poverty alleviation and participation); presentation and interpretation of important figures of bilateral, multilateral and private cooperation.
- Types, Forms and Instruments of Development Cooperation: definitions and characteristics of humanitarian aid, development aid and economic measures, including the interplay among them; analysis of the main methods for each of these forms.
- Multilateral Development Cooperation and Diplomacy: main characteristics of multilateral development cooperation; multilateral actors and stakeholders; the roles of multilateral development institutions at country, regional, and global levels; governance of multilateral development institutions; provider and partner country perspectives; recent trends and challenges.
- Partner and Provider Country Perspectives: Reasons for both partner (recipient) countries and for public and private providers (donors) to implement development programmes; positive and negative consequences of development cooperation; expectations for improvements.
- The Role of Diplomats in International Development Cooperation - Tasks and Tools: the specific tasks of a diplomat in development cooperation activities; introduction to some simple tools to assess development cooperation projects and evaluate implementation; reflections on possible dilemmas between traditional diplomatic tasks and those of development cooperation activities.
- The Main Principles of the 2000s. From the Millennium Development Goals to the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals: evolution of development since its inception; MDGs progress and shortcomings; the way forward for setting a global development agenda post-2015.
- The Post-2015 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals: the main principles and characteristics of the SDGs; similarities and differences between the MDGs and the SDGs; progress on the SDGs.
- The Debate on Development Aid: the question of whether international cooperation works; the most important challenges of development cooperation.
7 Oct 2019