Brazil’s prominent role in international development has been accompanied by persistent national development challenges and by challenges in its development cooperation’s institutional framework that hinder overall planning, coordination and a sustainable flow of resources. Nevertheless, there is a growing number of national institutions, civil society organisations and think-tanks directly involved in and/or debating South–South Development Cooperation (SSDC) in Brazil. There have also been announcements of a new agency, a White Paper on foreign policy and the creation of a foreign policy council, all pointing to the fact that the SSDC agenda is at a critical juncture in the country. It is now essential to draw on the recent history and current challenges and opportunities facing Brazil’s SSDC to inform debates and political choices.
The State of the Debate report captures this particular moment of Brazil’s engagement in international development cooperation by gathering and analysing the main ideas and narratives, institutions and interests informing the country’s current development cooperation practices. This effort aims primarily at contributing to an evidence-based debate within Brazil on its international development engagements.
Costa Leite, I.; Suyama, B.; Waisbich, L.T.; Pomeroy, M.; Constantine, J.; Navas-Aleman, L.; Shankland, A.; Younis, M. Brazil’s Engagement in International Development Cooperation: The State of the Debate. Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, UK (2014) 103 pp. [Evidence Report No. 59]