Fall 2011

ISSN 1558-9855

VOL. 7, NO. 3

‘Emerging Donors: Shifting Agendas in Development and Security’

Introduction: Emerging Donors in the Global South  by Terrence Lyons

Emerging donors in both the economic and security arenas have set off dynamics that will transform the roles played by states from the Global South. The articles in this issue bring these seismic changes into focus and prepare leaders around the globe to respond to the challenges the emerging order will generate.


Emerging Donors and Post-Conflict Reconstruction  by Agnieszka Paczynska

Despite the increasing role of rising powers in development and humanitarian assistance Paczynska argues that the picture of this changing assistance and investment landscape remains unclear.  She opens this black box and draws some conclusions based on currently available data.


Proliferation Prevention: Bridging the Security/Development Divide in the Global South  by Brian Finlay

In his article, Finlay shows that  the era of Western-dominated approaches to proliferation prevention has not ended. Yet,  the new growing South-South partnerships could become a meaningful inculcation of nonproliferation standards to regions of the world that are increasingly part of a potential proliferation supply chain.

Pivotal Powers and Emerging Global Threats by Eva Busza

Focusing on the attitude and behavior of the pivotal BRICS powers towards addressing global challenges through the multilateral platform of the United Nations, Busza  discusses how these countries are interested in increasing their role as providers of the global public good. At the same time, they seem reluctant to abandon their developing country status.

Brazilian International Development Cooperation: Budgets, Procedures and Issues with Engagements by Sean Burges

Little is known about new donors and how they are going about their development cooperation activities. Drawing on the Brazilian case, Burges contrasts Western development assistance programming–as an accoutrement to poverty reduction–compared to south-south initiatives that consider assistance as the essential starting point.

Keynote: The Dragon’s Gift by Deborah Bräutigam

In her research on Sino-African relations Bräutigam comes to the conclusion that  there are substantive differences between how the West has dealt with aid and how the Chinese have and are dealing with it. She debunks several myths and helps generate a more comprehensive picture of China’s role in Africa.


Celebrity Activists and Advocates in Development  by April Biccum

Biccum looks at development from a social theory angle. She finds that the kind of entrepreneurialism exhibited by celebrity advocates/activists mirrors to some degree forms of entrepreneurialism that shifts in education and development policy at the level of global governance have sought to foster and engender among the ordinary public.