Organized by Forum for Asian Studies, Stockholm University and the European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics
Models of overseas development cooperation are pivoting to Asia. Previously marginalized development models focusing on private-public partnerships and infrastructure projects, arguably pioneered by Japan and recuperated by China, have moved to the center of development aid. A new aid architecture is emerging that is increasingly forgiving of foreign aid as a ‘win-win’ concept that serves recipient and donor interests. This takes place as Agenda 2030 has set the stage for a reconceptualization of development more broadly and development interventions have become more diverse and fragmented. This workshop and the following roundtable discussion, where leading scholars from a diverse range of disciplines will contribute their original research papers, and practitioners and policymakers give presentations on ongoing development in their respective fields, will address the ongoing pivot to Asia and the potential consequences of this.
November 17, Venue: Mimer, Aula Magna
8:30 Welcome and introductory remarks by Johan Lindquist and Marie Söderberg
9:00 "The rise of the south and the transformation of development cooperation in the 21st century"
Anthea Mulakala, Asia Foundation, Kuala Lumpur
Discussant: Johan Lindquist
9:45 "Pivot or cycle?: historical perspectives on a changing aid landscape"
Robin Bush, Knowledge Sector Initiative, Jakarta
Discussant: Åsa Malmström Rogne
11:00 "Asia’s development approach as an ‘anomaly’ and alternative"
Yasutami Shimomura, Hosei University
Discussant: Robin Bush
11:45 "Peacebuilding and Western-Chinese involvement in South Sudan"
Johan Lagerkvist, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University and Jens Sörensen, School of Global Studies, Göteborg University
Discussant: Marie Söderberg
13:30 "Beyond ODA: A Critical Analysis of post-2015 Finance for Development"
Luis Mah, Department of Economics, ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management
Discussant: Maria Perrotta Berlin
14:15 "The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – how does it fit into the new aid paradigm?"
Åsa Malmström Rognes, Department of Economic History, Uppsala University
Discussant: Yasutami Shimomura
15:30 "China’s Export of Infrastructure-led Development: Here Comes Noah’s Arc?"
Yang Jiang, Danish Institute for International Studies
Discussant: David Arase
16:15 "Is South Korea different from other Asian donors?"
Yoon Sun Hur, Korean Institute for International Economic Knowledge (KIEP)
Discussant: Luis Mah
17:00 Concluding comments, Day 1
November 18, Venue: SCORE, Frescativägen 14A
9:00 "How China beat out Japan for the Indonesian high speed rail project between Jakarta and Bandung: a case study of how two donors are competing for influence in Asia"
David Arase, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Nanjing University
Discussant: Anthea Mulakala
9:45 "Norm diffusion through aid: Japan-China rivalry in the Mekong"
André Asplund, European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics
Discussant: Yoon Sun Hur
11:00 "Changing global aid architecture: some evidence from Africa"
Masumi Owa, Nagoya College
Discussant: Jens Sörensen
11:45 "The Philippines as a case study of Japanese policy under the New Development Cooperation Charter"
Marie Söderberg, European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics
Discussant: Yang Jiang
"The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Changing Landscape of Development Cooperation"
Invited policy-makers and academics