Interest-Based Development Cooperation: Moving Providers from Parochial Convergence to Principled Collaboration [chapter]

Nilima Gulrajani, Rachael Calleja
2020 The Palgrave Handbook of Development Cooperation for Achieving the 2030 Agenda  
AbstractThe motives for providing development assistance change according to historical and political trajectories but always combine varying degrees of altruism and selfishness. Currently, we are witnessing disruptive change in development cooperation as political leaders forward an increasingly self-regarding rationale for international assistance. In an empirical analysis of Northern donors' narratives and aid allocation strategies, we define the meaning of the "national interest" in
more » ... nterest" in development cooperation and distinguish its principled and parochial formats. Our empirical analysis suggests Northern donors continue to allocate based on principled norms, though there is a noticeable deterioration in their public spiritedness as they simultaneously seek short-term domestic benefits from overseas giving. Calls for a principled national interest narrative may, however, enable normative collaboration across Northern and Southern actors.
doi:10.1007/978-3-030-57938-8_12 fatcat:fos4exujlrhijo747jkhc5zhje