Conference Report: Middle Income Countries' Development Cooperation Experience Exchange
A growing number of Middle Income Countries (MICs) are becoming international development assistance providers as they are increasing their contributions to and engagement in various types of development cooperation. As a result, the global development landscape is changing and there is a need to respond to this new dynamism. MICs are in no way homogenous and have very different experiences of providing assistance; some have long histories of doing so, while others are new or re-engaging. Some had until recently, or still have, dual roles as “providers” and “recipients”. Some MICs make use of the standards of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD, while others provide assistance under the framework of South-South Cooperation. From this variety of approaches arises an opportunity for MICs to share and learn from each others’ experiences of both good practices and challenges.
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 was generously sponsored by UK Department for International Development (DFID).
The aim of the conference was to look at challenges, best practices and lessons learned which are transferable and of practical use for the participants in their respective roles working with development assistance/cooperation. The conference brought together participants from 15 countries, with an even balance of representatives from governments and civil society organisations/academia. While the majority of participants were from MICs, several non-MICs were invited to share their experiences of development cooperation as well.