in: Juliane Kolsdorf / Ulrich Müller (eds.), Transforming international cooperation: thoughts and perspectives on moving beyond aid, Nomos Verl.-Ges., 91-105
ODA graduation processes change the relations between former donor and re-cipient countries, scrape on old structures of development assistance and transform existing forms of cooperation into a new mode beyond a donor-recipient logic, beyond the development policy sector and beyond ODA. Thereby, they may contribute more generally to shaping the future of the international cooperation system in the SDG era. In order to explore what this future may look like, it is necessary to first analyse the current landscape of international (development) cooperation, identifying persisting patterns and recent trends, and situating the role of ODA and ODA graduation in this landscape. Thereupon, we can begin to rethink this system: What are today’s main challenges, and do we have the right tools to address them? What is the best role for ODA in line with the 2030 Agenda and its principle of universality? What forms of cooperation are needed to realise the SDGs in and through graduating countries? Finally, we discuss the outlook for the decade to come and what could be a suitable and realistic vision to achieve our global goals.
The discussion was held between Joseph D’Cruz, Senior Advisor for Strategy and Planning at UNDP, Stephan Klingebiel, Director of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, Yuefen Li, Senior Advisor on South-South Cooperation and Development Finance at the South Centre and Philani Mthembu, Executive Director at the Institute for Global Dialogue. It was facilitated by Luiz Ramalho, former senior manager at GIZ and independent development consultant, and Juliane Kolsdorf, editor of this publication.