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Foreign aid by non-aid actors: towards a new fragmentation of international development cooperation? 1
20 February
09:30 - 17:00
NIAS, Sint Jorishof
Conference room
By invitation

Foreign aid by non-aid actors: towards a new fragmentation of international development cooperation?


Stephen Brown, current fellow at NIAS, convenes a workshop on Foreign aid by non-aid actors

Aim of workshop

The aim of this workshop is to map and understand this proliferation of non-aid actors (including other government departments) providing bilateral and multilateral aid, the underlying mechanisms for their emergence in the current global order, and finally the impact of this rising fragmentation on the effectiveness of the global development agenda. Given the resurgence of interest in the topic the purpose of the workshop is to review the state of the art and identify future research collaborations.



9:30-10:00 – Arrival, coffee/tea

10:00-10:15 – Welcome by NIAS director Jan Willem Duyvendak and workshop convenors

10:15-11:15 – Global trends

  • Nadia Molenaers (Antwerp), “Aid by non-aid actors: What and who are we talking about?”
  • Paul Hoebink (Nijmegen), “Aid, Financial Flows and the Extension of the Aid Rationale”
  • Niels Keijzer (German Development Institute), “The increasing visibility of Development Finance Institutions as development cooperation actors”
  • Chair: Emma Mawdsley (Cambridge). First respondent: Wil Hout (Erasmus).

11:15-11:30 – Coffee/tea break

11:30-12:30 – Case studies 1: Canada, Czechia, France

  • Stephen Brown (NIAS/Ottawa), “Foreign aid by Canadian non-aid actors and the challenges of policy coherence for development”
  • Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň (Institute of International Relations Prague), “No growth without fragmentation? New interests, actors and modalities in the Czech development and humanitarian aid”
  • Gordon Cumming (Cardiff), “Foreign aid by other means: The case of France”
  • Chair: Jessica Sklair (Sussex). First respondent: Haley Swedlund (Nijmegen).

12:30-1:30 – Catered lunch

1:30-2:30 – Case studies 2: United Kingdom

  • Simon Lightfoot (Leeds), “Foreign aid by British non-aid actors”
  • Simon Billett (Cambridge), “Aid by foreign policy actors: The case of the UK in India”
  • Emma Mawdsley (Cambridge), Paul Gilbert (Sussex) and Jessica Sklair (Sussex), “DFID and the ‘Big Four’: Contracts, Consultancy and the Private Procurement of Poverty Reduction”
  • Chair: Nadia Molenaers (Antwerp). First respondent: Gordon Cumming (Cardiff).

2:30-3:30 – Case studies 3: Germany and “emerging donors”

  • Stephan Klingebiel (German Development Institute), “Non-aid actors and ODA spending: Emerging trends from the German case”
  • Mark Furness (German Development Institute), “Policy coherence, the division of labour and Germany’s Middle East aid programme”
  • Haley Swedlund (Nijmegen), “Emerging donors and ‘non-aid actors’”
  • Chair: Simon Billett (Cambridge). First respondent: Paul Hoebink (Nijmegen).

3:30-3:45 – Coffee/tea break

3:45-5:00 – Summary and next steps (workshop convenors)

Discussion of what we learned, what we still don’t know and potential next steps (e.g., joint research projects, publications, conference panels, grant applications)