Conference Report Middle Income Countries' Development Cooperation Experience Exchange
The conference ‘Middle Income Countries’ Development Cooperation Experience Exchange’ was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC) and UNDP China, in Beijing 17–18 January 2013. The conference brought together participants from 15 countries, with an even balance of representatives from governments and civil society organisations/academia. The aim of the conference was to look at challenges, best practices and lessons learned in development cooperation that may be transferable and would be of practical use for the participants in their respective roles.
The conference was organised into three main themes/sessions: 1) Institutional Structures and Functions; 2) Policy-making, Monitoring and Reporting; 3) Operational issues. Each session consisted of presentations and discussions in plenary, followed by group discussions. The fourth and final session explored suggestions for how to move forward.
Evaluations completed by the participants indicated that the conference was helpful in enhancing the understanding of challenges of development cooperation and the experiences across a range of MICs.