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Study on Brazilian development cooperation

This study was produced for the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) and funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It focused on Brazilian technical cooperation with developing countries and provided perspectives for the Brazilian Government to review its development cooperation vision and modus operandi, given Brazil's growing role as a key actor on a range of global issues. More specifically, the study analysed the country's technical cooperation policy framework, institutional set up and implementation modalities and it discussed options for the future.

The study was produced against the backdrop of Brazil's increasing prominence in international affairs, which, over recent years, has been reflected in an unprecedented increase in resources to technical cooperation with the South. The country is, as result, gradually switching from a position of recipient to a position of provider of development assistance. Demand for Brazilian development cooperation is rising and the country has had to adjust quickly. Although it has displayed signs of remarkable flexibility there are a number of institutional and technical constraints that need to be tackled before the country can claim to have a fully-fledged development cooperation framework. This study analyses these constraints, recommends action to address them and discusses how Brazil can better engage with international debates on development and aid effectiveness.

The study report, which synthesises findings and recommendations, was written by Lídia Cabral, ODI Research Fellow, and Julia Weinstock, Consultant.


Julia Weinstock, Alina Rocha Menocal, Sheila Page

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  1. Brazilian technical cooperation for development

    Research reports