UNDP China launches first E-book: “Working with Civil Society in Foreign Aid – Possibilities for South-South Cooperation?”

26 Sep 2013

UNDP China launched its first E-book “Working with Civil Society in Foreign Aid – Possibilities for South-South Cooperation?” today. The book aims to be a resource for South-South cooperation providers looking into possible ways of working with civil society organisations (CSOs) in their future foreign assistance efforts.

“UNDP China is proud to release our first E-book on such an important and timely topic,” said UNDP China Country Director Christophe Bahuet.  “We hope it is a useful input for policy discussions on the current and potential roles of civil society in global development in general and in South-South cooperation in particular.”

Based on research initially conducted in response to a request from the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC), the book reviews experiences and roles of CSOs in development cooperation. It draws out common themes and good practices from numerous aid providing countries. The book also puts forth potential issues and questions to consider for future engagement with civil society under the framework of South-South cooperation.  

 “The future of development is increasingly being shaped by the changing dynamics of the rising global South,” said Mr. Brian Tomlinson of AidWatch Canada, the author of the book, at today’s launch event. “As countries become more involved in South-South cooperation for development, many of them are looking for new approaches to expand partnerships with different actors, including civil society organisations, in their foreign aid programmes.” he added.

“Collaboration with civil society can be extremely enriching. CSOs bring a wealth of diverse development experience that can be an invaluable resource for broadening and deepening the reach of South-South cooperation,” Mr.Tomlinson concluded. 

Read the E-book online or download as a PDF file.