The crisis in development cooperation: a new opportunity?

Mar 26, 2024 | Institutional geopolitics, Publications |

Marisa Ramos Rollón

The crisis in development cooperation is unquestionable; for more than a decade, the urgency of reviewing its objectives, structures and methods has been recognised. Even the very concept of “development” is being redefined. Marisa Ramos Rollón, in her report “The crisis of development cooperation: a new opportunity?”, explores the various transformations affecting a system whose conventional model is in decline and whose regular participants have lost credibility, although cooperation schemes rooted in traditional practices still persist.

Ramos Rollón identifies four key transformations:

  • A proliferation of actors challenging the uniformity of the system.
  • A scrutiny of Official Development Assistance that has been central to international cooperation.
  • Reform initiatives that seek to go “beyond aid”.
  • A shift away from the agendas that dominated development discourse for decades.

This analysis delves into the causes and effects of these changes, with a particular emphasis on the decline of the development model prevalent since the 1960s, the influence of geopolitics on global governance, and the role of actors in a context of eroded multilateralism.

The report concludes by exploring the future of development cooperation, highlighting the importance of international meetings to define the direction of a new system focused on promoting sustainable development. In this sense, 2024 will be crucial to determine whether it is possible to renew development cooperation as a key tool for moving towards effective global governance and coordinating responses to global challenges, or whether the current scenario, characterised by the predominance of national interests, will prevail.


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