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Origins, evolution and future of global development cooperation

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Development cooperation is one of the master narratives of Cold War geopolitics and geoeconomics, as highlighted by the recent book, Origins, Evolution and Future of Global Development Cooperation: The Role of the Development Assistance Committee. Gerardo Bracho – a veteran development expert and one of the book’s editors and contributors – argues that official development cooperation only really began after World War II.

The book covers the 60-year history of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) which began life as the nerve centre for development cooperation during the Cold War, and then became the thought leader for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The new Cold War has made its job decidedly more challenging, though as necessary as ever.

Bracho sees modern development cooperation as part of the transition from an “imperialist” paradigm of international relations in which rich powerful countries exercise power over small weak…

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