Development Cooperation in South Asia: A Story of Emerging Donors and IFI Conditionalities

About the issue

This Reality Check focuses on the opportunities and challenges in development cooperation in South Asia – with the rise of India as an emerging donor, and with IFI conditionalities continuously undermining recipient countries’ democratic ownership.


  • India as a donor country
  • Aid conditionalities: Who pays? Who benefits?
  • Conditionalities relating to aid: A case study of India


This Reality Check would not be made possible without the valuable contributions from ROA-AP members, particularly the South Asian Network for Social and Agricultural Development (SANSAD), Voluntary Action Network India (VANI), and Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust Bangladesh (COASTBD). Gratitude must also be extended to the Reality of Aid Global and IBON International for their support.

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Cover Design and Layout by: Darius Galang

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