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India, officially the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya), is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world.

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India’s Development Cooperation in Changing Times: A Civil Society Perspective

Indian development assistance has risen in scale scope over the past decade. India is not a new donor, having provided its first aid package in the late 1940s, shortly after its independence. Until the turn of the century, Indian development assistance remained small compared to traditional DAC donors. However Indian foreign aid has risen significantly over the years, and has reached countries beyond South Asia. This has been considered a bold step for a country with a significant proportion of its population still living in poverty.

Particularly controversial has been India’s refusal to receive accept further aid from the UK government to project its status as a rising Super power.

This paper examines the historical underpinnings driving India’s approach to its development assistance programme. It also studies the evolution of its development assistance, and the recent changes in its volume, diversification of lending instruments, regional refocus, and increasing regional and global ambitions that drive its development assistance program. The Paper also attempts to examine the enabling environment for the Indian voluntary organizations around its legal and regulatory framework, its socio-economic, sociocultural and political contexts as they relate to India’s aid programme and the capacity of Indian civil society. Lastly, the paper also attempts to examine the limited roles of Indian civil society in development effectiveness in the shrinking space. The paper attempts to study the contribution of Indian civil society organizations in development cooperation, while stressing the importance of actively involving Indian CSO in various development initiatives.

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