The question of why countries give aid and assistance to other countries has long been a topic of debate- is it altruism, or selfishness? The assumption is sometimes made that donors from developing countries might be more motivated by altruism than ‘traditional’ western donors. This book demonstrates that on the contrary, the provision of development assistance can be used to serve national interests, allowing so-called ‘emerging’ donors to gain soft power in the international sphere by improving their image and global influence.
Technical cooperation, or the transfer of knowledge, is an area of particular interest, as it can enable donors to position themselves as a global leader in a given field, with a unique set of skills and expertise in a knowledge area. This book uses the Brazilian case to demonstrate how a country such as Brazil can seek power and influence by providing no-strings-attached technical assistance. The empirical analysis unpicks the motivations behind development assistance, and how it can be used as a foreign policy tool. In doing so, the book sheds light upon the similarities and variations in the provision of technical cooperation as a foreign policy tool by China, India, and Brazil. This book will be of interest to researchers of International Development, South-South Cooperation, International Relations, and those working on Brazil specifically.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Development Assistance and Technical Cooperation: Theoretical Overview 3. International Development and Technical Cooperation: "Traditional" Donors 4. International Development and Technical Cooperation: South-South Cooperation 5. International Development and Technical Cooperation: Emerging Donors 6. Brazil as an Emerging Donor of Technical Cooperation 7. Technical cooperation as a Foreign Policy tool: some lessons
Déborah Barros Leal Farias is a Lecturer in the University of New South Wales, Australia
"The phrase ‘soft power’ captures much of the essence of Brazil’s international rise, especially when compared to the much harder power of other emerging countries like China. Déborah Farias’ fascinating book shows us that there is surprising power in softness: Brazil deliberately eschews direct conditions and provides ample technical assistance without ties, positions that earn it gratitude and even some plums like the Directorship of the FAO. Along the way, we learn a great deal about not just Brazilian foreign policy-making, but the general politics of development assistance and the rise of South-South relations. This book is well worth the read." — Kathryn Hochstetler, Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics, UK