Emerging Development Partners

The last decade witnessed the growing importance of emerging economies in terms of political, economic and social development. The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) play a leading role at both the regional and global levels. In addition, other countries such as Turkey, Indonesia, Colombia or Chile become very active as donors and in international processes. South-South cooperation is increasing, through various channels and modalities. Emerging economies are indeed a heterogeneous grouping. However, their growing importance has many implications for development cooperation and the global aid architecture.

The Analysis & Policy Division explores the changes that emerging development actors induce for development cooperation and global governance and investigates ways to engage more closely with them.

Contact: Pierre-André Cordey COR (pierre-andre.cordey@eda.admin.ch)


 Documents:

 

​​ Bedeutung und Stellenwert der OECD-Leitsätze für multinationale Unternehmen in der Schweiz

May 2018
Studie im Auftrag des SECO & der DEZA  

 

Studie "Bedeutung und Stellenwert der OECD-Leitsätze für multinationale Unternehmen in der Schweiz".pdf
Um ihrer gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung nachzukommen und Erwartungen von Anspruchsgruppen hinsichtlich einer nachhaltigen Unternehmensführung zu erfüllen, beziehen sich Unternehmen häufig auf international akzeptierte und legitimierte CSR-Standards. Unter diesen Standards nehmen die OECD-Leitsätze für multinationale Unternehmen eine besondere Stellung ein.

Durch die Verpflichtung der Unterzeichnerstaaten, einen nationalen Kontaktpunkt (NKP) und ein entsprechendes Beschwerdeverfahren einzurichten, verfügen die Leitsätze über eine hoheitliche Komponente, die in dieser Art einzigartig ist.

Um den Stellenwert der OECD-Leitsätze und des NKP in der Schweiz zu ermitteln, haben das SECO sowie die Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (DEZA) eine Studie in Auftrag gegeben, deren Ziel es ist, den Bekanntheitsgrad und die Relevanz der OECD-Leitsätze bei Schweizer Unternehmen im Vergleich zu anderen CSR-Standards aufzuzeigen. Zugleich sollen Informationen über den Bedarf an Unterstützung für Unternehmen bei der Umsetzung der OECD-Leitsätze erhoben werden.

 

​​The new strategies of European countries’ development cooperation with Brazil: drivers and rationale

February 2016

CINDES, paper commissioned by SDC

Authors: Pedro da Motta Veiga and Sandra Polónia Rios

 

 The new strategies of European countries’ development cooperation with Brazil: drivers and rationale.
The emergence of Brazil and other middle-income countries (MICs) as relevant players in the international economic and political arenas, alongside their growing weight as aid donors, has impacted the ways traditional donors relate to these "newcomers" in the domain of development cooperation.
New strategies for cooperating with the MICs have been put in place. Yet, these new strategies do not derive directly from the "graduation" of these countries under the various national development policies of the traditional donors – a process that is primarily related to domestic political and economic factors in developed countries and that, in many cases, took place many years before the setting of new strategies regarding development cooperation with the MICs.
This paper addresses the issue of what drives the new strategies of traditional donors vis-à-vis the MICs. It focuses on the recent evolution of bilateral development policy implemented by four European countries in their relations with Brazil: Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. These countries share a tradition of being bilateral aid donors to Brazil, but have been revising their development policy towards Brazil in recent years, a trend which led to the adoption of new goals, instruments and criteria for assessing their policies.

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​​ A BRICS Development Bank: A Dream Coming True?

March 2014
UNCTAD Discussion Paper 

 

A BRICS Development Bank: A Dream Coming True?
BRICS leaders have approved creating a new development bank which would fund long-term investment in infrastructure and more sustainable development. This paper documents the scale of unmet needs in these areas in developing and emerging economies. It then estimates the likely level of loans that this new development bank could make, under different assumptions. It highlights the complementary role that such a bank would play with existing development banks and shows its importance for enhancing the influence of BRICS and other developing countries in the international development architecture.

 

​​How do European Donors engage with emerging development partners?

September 2013
ECDPM Discussion Paper 150 commissioned by SDC

Author: Anna Rosengren, Quentin de Roquefeuil and Sanoussi Bilal

 

How do European Donors Engage with Emerging Development Partners?
This paper provides a concise overview of how traditional donors interact and engage with “emerging donors” on development issues. It takes a closer look at the different approaches followed by Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom (UK). It attempts to delineate the engagement strategies followed by traditional donors, the institutional mechanisms through which the engagement is operationalized, and the kind of cooperation traditional and emerging donors engage in. 

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Links:

- Centro de Estudos de Integraçao e Desenvolvimento CINDES

- Directorate-General for external Policies of the Union: The role of BRICS in the developing world

- Norfund: China in Africa: What Can Western Donors Learn?

- IMF: BRICs’ Philosophies for Development Financing and Their Implications for LICs

- OECD Webpage on Triangular Cooperation
- UNCTAD Discussion Paper: “A BRICS Development Bank: A Dream Coming True?”, Stephany Griffith-Jones, March 2014